Man Power’s Me Me Me label proudly presents a very special new compilation, ‘We We We’, which will see all profits donated to the vital Help Refugees charity. The release boasts 25 new and exclusive tracks from a wide range of artists both new and established including Pional, Juan Maclean, Shit Robot, Medlar, ASOK, Ian Blevins and more. As well as the full album, two limited, vinyl-only samplers will also be released, with each featuring one exclusive track that is not available anywhere digitally.The recipient of the albums profits, Help Refugees, is the leading UK NGO in a new movement of humanitarian aid, helping to plug the gaps in services not provided to those displaced by war. The man behind the compilation’s concept is Man Power aka Geoff Kirkwood, an established producer with credits for his off kilter mix of house, disco, ambient and techno on labels like John Talabot’s Hivern Discs, ESP Institute and Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondent.
Kirkwood says, “I have wanted to do a compilation of this nature for a long time. I’m incredibly lucky, as well as eternally grateful, to know so many talented artists who were willing to donate wonderful music towards this important cause.” The gratitude clearly flows both ways with Help Refugees director Philli Boyle saying “We are so grateful to Man Power and to all the incredible artists who have shown solidarity with displaced people across the world”.The superb compilation kicks off in plaintive fashion with absorbing ambient tracks from Ian Blevins, Dharma and ASOK. Pale Blue’s ‘Eyes’ then brings deep and persuasive drums into the picture with thoughtful, sombre synths lingering up top. There is a real beauty to much of the selection here, as demonstrated by more wistful chords on Forriner’s lush deep house day dream ‘Sunrise in Bensham’, while jacking dance floor tackle comes from Pink Skull and Medlar’s pumping 909 drums and the pixelated melodic delights of Christophe’s rugged, Chicago-indebted jack track ‘Winder’.Man Power himself pops up with an epic nine minute opus that is broad, sweeping house music at its most dramatic and evocative, and Pional’s ‘Night Charmer’ is a typically inventive cut with icy drones and dehumanised vocals. Big hitters like Shit Robot offer a heavy dose of dub house, while ‘Quantume Reach’ by Juan Maclean (feat Amy Douglas) is gorgeously off beat house with thoughtful chords and spine-tingling vocals with a poignant message.
This is a compilation jam-packed with a broad array of accomplished and standout sounds, and that it is all for charity only makes it an even more essential and welcome release. The full album is released exclusively via Bandcamp on 4th May in exchange for a ‘no minimum’ donation to the charity, with the label asking to please give generously.
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Tracklist:1. Ian Blevins - Clouds2. Dharma - Amb223. ASOK - Emotional Perception4. Pale Blue - Eyes5. Forriner - Sunshine in Bensham6. Jana - Leopard Eyes (Fracture Mix)7. Elliot Adamson - Found8. Last Waltz - I Are Dada9. Pink Skull - Indu10. Medlar - RSA11. Ben Caldwell - Ping Pong12. Dos Attack - Bolero of Fire13. Bird of Paradise - Vape for Christ14. Cult of Glamour - Inductive Logic15. Force Majeure - Future Dust16. Club Tularosa - Venturism17. Christophe - Winder18. Edmondson - Village19. Raj Pannu - Thek20. Desert Sound Colony - Clapping Rhythm is how you Hit Em21. Quantume Reach - Juan Maclean (feat Amy Douglas)22. Pional - Night Charmer23. Man Power - Functions24. Shit Robot - Today I cried25. AWOL - 25 55.003583, -1.444611
RED RACK’EM ‘WONKY BASSLINE DISCO BANGER’ (6.08)
"I met DJ / producer Danny Berman (aka Red Rack’em) in Nottingham in 2005. He was putting together edits at the time, but had aspirations of releasing his own original material, which he fulfilled in 2008 with his Hot Coins project, resulting in an album deal with Tirk. His Hot Coins remix of the evangelical ‘Stand On The Word’ by The Joubert Singers in 2009 was absolutely huge for me, as well as being championed by Gilles Peterson.
In 2010 he’d put out his first Red Rack’em album, ‘The Early Years’ on his own Bergerac label, with an assortment of 12” releases following during the next half-decade. Then, in 2016, he issued ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’, with the track’s quirkiness, topped-off with the introduction of its distinctive off-kilter bass, really capturing the imagination – it would be aptly described as ‘charmingly bonkers’.
Picked up by Classic, the label first set up by DJs Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon back in the ‘90s, and nowadays under the Defected umbrella, ‘Wonky Bassline Disco Banger’ has continued to wreak its aural havoc on dancefloors around the globe.
The source for my edit was the Luke Solomon & Terry Grant Live Disco Revision, a slightly less crazed version that was issued digitally in 2017 as part of the various artists ‘Love Is The Message’ EP pack, courtesy of Glitterbox, Defected’s Ibiza Disco extravaganza. My edit stemmed from wanting to repeat the bass section, which just appeared the once in this version, slightly shuffling things up in the process."