The Narcoleptic - Robots Like Zombies (Get Up Recordings)

Get Up Recordings’ sound is highly influenced by the New York City scene where it’s based out of, but it is equally influenced by the house music capital, Chicago. As such, the label is pleased to welcome Chicago native The Narcoleptic, a.k.a. Matty Harris, to the Get Up family. His single “Robots Like Zombies” is a sublime, infectious, and very deep dance floor groove. With both remixers hailing from the west coast, Arturo Garces of Jump Recordings and legendary San Francisco DJ David Harness each smack their signature style all over it.

The Narcoleptic started spinning in the suburbs of Chicago, but it wasn’t until he took on his residency at Smart Bar’s Tuesday night party Pump, with fellow residents Derrick Carter, Miles Maeda, and Terry Martin, that music really began to unfold for him. His career has been a slow and steady build up with releases on labels such as Classic Music, Jump Recordings, and Loveslap!, all perfect for his style of quality over quantity. His track “Robots Like Zombies” is in a similar class, mysterious and subtle at the start of the track and building into a groove that is unforgettable.

Jump Recordings head honcho Arturo Garces was born and raised in San Jose, California, and has been surrounded by dance music his entire life. Interested in making his own music, Arturo got hold of a sampler in 1995 and hasn't looked back since. He has releases on both established and strictly underground labels such as Robsoul Recordings, Cross Section, Magnetic, Oomph, Smoke City Music, Subliminal Soul, Jump Recordings, Solid Trax, and Sneak Classics. His approach on his remix of “Robots Like Zombies” blends the driving, beat-laden beauty of techno with the soulful, deep melodies of house. This is the same timeless sound that has helped define the unique Bay Area sound.

David Harness has been described as a man who lives, breathes, and emanates everything that is beautiful about deep house music and classic garage. He began DJ'ing in his hometown of Monterey, California in 1990. As his popularity grew, he was invited to establish a residency at Tilt and the Sound Factory in San Francisco. His success as a club DJ led to a spot on the popular radio show Your Mama’s House on the Bay Area’s number one radio station, KMEL FM. Then in 1996 he started DJ’ing at The End Up’s “Sunday T-Dance”, and the rest is pure House history. In 2000, David started his own production work, which has led him to work with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Simply Red, and Alicia Keys as well as establish a relationship with fellow producer Chris Lum, resulting in the birth of their label Harlum Musiq. His remix and the Bonus Beats for “Robots Like Zombies” find a tech-y, syncopated beat and bass line rhythm, which really highlight his abilities to reinvent tracks. The melody mirrors the bass line, giving the track a fierce commanding harmony.

DJ Sneak - "Good remixes all around."
Chris Fortier (Fade) - "The David Harness remix for me."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Great release."
Lomez (Better On Foot) - "I'm digging those David Harness Bonus Beats."
Andrew Macari (Greenhouse / Tastie) - "Yeah! The Arturo Garces remix is a great jackin' house jam … love it."
DJ Craig C (Pound Boys) - "I love David Harness … his mix is werkin' me out!"
Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit) - "Arturo Garces is the man here … turning a dark feeling track into a deeper, moody groover. Well done."
Hippie Torrales - "Nice remix from David Harness."
Jason Hodges - "The Arturo Garces remix is the cut!"
Chris Harris (Tronicsole / Nordic Trax) - "The original is a nice mood builder."
DJ Di Costa (MoodyLushious Influences) - "That Arturo Garces remix is ace … absolutely smoking hot!"
Distant People (Foliage / Seamless) - "A slammin' main room shaker."
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) - "All tracks here are cool, with Arturo Garces's remix edging it for me. Groove and samples all working well."

Available now from Beatport, Juno Download, and iTunes.

Hardkiss - It's Right (Remixes) (Hardkiss Music)

San Francisco electronic music mainstays Hardkiss have released double remix EPs of “It's Right", the fourth single off their sentimental spring album release 1991. The album was hailed as "one of the most important EDM records of the last ten years" by Magnetic Magazine while called it "a modern dance classic." For the occasion, Hardkiss have reached into their own backyard to pull from Bay Area family on one side and, on the other, contributors from around the globe further extending their tribe - dual offerings aimed at delivering a diverse collection of remixes.

The San Francisco Family Remixes features different versions from David Harness, Freakpusher, Robbie Hardkiss, and Gavin Hardkiss while the Global Family Remixes includes a host of international artists from Africa, Europe, and the USA including Stephane Deschezeaux, rAin, N'Dinga Gaba, Constar, and, once again, Gavin Hardkiss.

For early digestion, a six track sampler merges the two EPs, showcasing a few highlights by the Hardkiss brothers, Harness, rAin, N'Dinga Gaba, and Constar. The holistic effort from this cast of characters is hard to pin down on a release that is at times dramatic, playfully pop-sensible, and tapping into something cosmic … but mostly downright funky and unpredictable. Nothing less is to be expected when bringing together the contrasting mix of San Francisco dance music legends, rising producers with their own take on the South African sounds, and a lone New Yorker from the Brooklyn borough. It must be said that this record means a lot to the Hardkiss brothers, with Robbie having re-sung the original vocals for his retouch and Gavin reportedly remixing the song 'at least 100 times' to get to his latest incarnation of it. In their hands, the final outcome is understandably bound with love and care.

Graeme Park - “David Harness's Vox Remix is funked up goodness! The Barefoot Mix is cool too.”
Nick Warren (Hope Recordings / Way Out West) - “Every mix is great … hard to pick a favorite, but the N'Dinga mix is pretty special.”
Tensnake - “I like the deeper remixes.”
Behrouz (Global Underground / Forensic) - "I'm liking the N"dinga Gaba remix and also the Gavin Hardkiss Barefoot Remix. Full support."
Sleazy McQueen (Whiskey Disco / Paper Recordings) - “Lovin’ all of them!”
Marques Wyatt - “Tight beats.”
Elijah Collins (Mullet Records / Retrospective) - “The Robbie Hardkiss Re-Do is pretty sick!”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - “The Harness Vox Remix is good stuff … Robbie Hardkiss's Re-Do is great too.”
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - “My brother N'Dinga Gaba nails this … stunning deepness.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - “Impossible to choose a favorite here - what an inspired selection of reworkings. Loving this!”
Short Bus Kids (Bounce House Recordings) - “Gavin Hardkiss’s Barefoot Remix is an absolute killer track.”
Distant People (SSRadio / Foliage) - “Great selection of mixes … Gavin Hardkiss's Barefoot Remix is doing it for me … pure funk.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings / Fabric) - “Particularly feeling the Harness Vox Remix for the sultry house vibes and the Gavin Hardkiss's Barefoot Remix for funk-laden bumpy beats wickedness!”
Manuel Sahagun (Candy Music / Drop Music) - “Yes, great pack! The Constar remix is my pick.”
Minus 8 (Compost / Stereo Deluxe) - “The N’Dinga Gaba remix of ‘It’s Right’ is great.”
Oded Nir (Suntree Records / Screen.FM) - “Lovely deep and disco vibes here … The rAin Re-Edit is true beauty.”
Adam Warped (Whiskey Pickle) - “Feelin' them all for sure, but the Hardkiss brothers’ remixes are hitting the spot right now.”
Clive Craske (RadioReverb, UK) - "Hard beats yet soft vibes are always in order from the US west coast's most renown producers. N'Dinga Gaba gives us the most chilled re-rub, and Constar the heaviest. A solid package."
Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House Web Zine) - “The marvelous, laid-back interpretation by N'Dinga Gaba is guaranteed to put a spell on you.”

The Global Family Remixes are available from Beatport and the San Francisco Family Remixes are also available from Beatport.

Heller & Farley - Spring Affair (Get Up Recordings)

When Pete Met Terry? Probably at the legendary London party, Shoom, in the late 80s, where host, Danny Rampling made Peter Heller and Terry Farley residents. In addition to deejaying, Pete had an 808 drum machine, so they hooked up to create some ‘indie dance’ remixes, including a dub of Happy Mondays’ “Stinkin’ Thinkin’”, which Junior Vasquez got hold of and made into a Sound Factory classic. From that moment, they were off and running. In addition to their own formidable discography as a duo, Heller & Farley recorded as Roach Motel, an outlet for their more underground projects; they also joined producer Gary Wilkinson in the lush garage techno trio, Fire Island, as well as teaming with Weatherall and Hugo Nicholson in Bocca Juniors. Pete had solo success with the anthem, “Big Love”, as well as many other club hits and solo remixes, while Farley helped form Faith, a London crew that has thrown some legendary parties and published the essential fanzine of the same name.

It’s with this history firmly acknowledged that New York’s Get Up Recordings is enthusiastically pleased to present the latest single from Heller & Farley, the exceptional “Spring Affair.” It’s a natural fit to their oeuvre with the track’s dubby rhythms, filtered piano chords, and loved-up vocal hits all in place. This is classic Heller & Farley, sure to create flashbacks to memorable clubbing triumphs as well as confidently pointing the way forward. The duo also provide a Dub which plays with the original’s structure and mix, giving more focus to the rhythmic vocal hits and adding all sorts of spacey effects and interludes.

A quartet of solid remixes is led by Brodanse’s Outer Seoul Remix. Brodanse is the duo of brothers Austen and Scott Smart who, in twelve short months, have released on Fresh Meat, Fullbarr, Connaisseur, and their own Danse Club Records. In their hands “Spring Affair” gets pared back a bit, with a steady four-on-floor anchoring dubby vocal manipulations and dark chord hits. New York City producer Hollis Good, recording as The Connection, is next with his Strictly Good Mix. It’s a deep house affair featuring skippy rhythms, an M1 organ riff, and strategically cut-up vocals for a fine, updated version of a retro sound. This high quality continues with a rework from the legendary David Harness (Harlum Music, Loveslap). David brings back the piano chords and accentuates the vocal cut-ups, placing them over a tight late-night rhythm with a slight broken-beat feel, deftly transmitting the after-hours vibe of deep San Francisco. The set closes out with an unique interpretation from MATRiXXMAN (Grizzly, Discobelle): his mid-tempo, nu-disco-infused Catchin’ Feelingz Remix. With a bass line echoing the original’s chord changes, a throbbing dance-floor beat, and wistful retro synths, MATRiXXMAN’s mix makes for perfect ‘back to mine’ fare after that memorable night out.

Hernan Cattaneo - “Great stuff.”
Lars Behrenroth - “The dub is sick!”
Three - “I wasn’t expecting to see this in the mail today. Love the dub and the MATRIXXMAN mix.”
Luke Solomon - “This is mega … loving it.”
Anthony Pappa - “Cool single. My favorite track here is the MATRIXXMAN remix.”
Diz (Vizual / Classic) - “The Connection Strictly Good Mix is like MK meets the boogieman!”
Sleazy McQueen - “I dig it!”
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - “Wonderfully dead ahead and delicious. Love the original and the MATRIXXMAN remix. So good.”
Hipp-e (H-Foundation) - “I really like the Brodanse Remix.”
Soul Minority - “Digging the vibe on The Connection mix.”
Erik Rug - “Yeah … loving the original, the dub and The Connection remix. I will play this.”
Neil Quigley - “Great release … so many different flavours, all oozing soul. The original is my pick, closely followed by the MATRIXXMAN remix.”
Dave Mayer - “There’s some serious heat in this package.”
Chris Fortier - “Oh yes!”
OOFT! - “Love the poppin’ groove of the originals but the MATRIXXMAN remix is excellent, too.”
Jota Wagner (Colors Sound System) - “A nice range of remixes … music for all moods … will be played.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - “It’s like being back at the Hacienda in ’93 as a young pup. Awesome.”
Russell Deeks (This Is Why We Dance) - “Masters at work!”

Available now from Beatport and Stompy.