Ichisan - Margit Mono
Ichisan returns to Gouranga Music with a dazzling two track EP following on from the success of Harmona – released last October. The Margit Mono EP contains two fun, jazzy electronic, dancefloor-friendly in anticipation of the artist’s forthcoming album – Phantasound.
Glauco Di Mambro - Assonanza
At the intersection of mystic and electronic we find Assonanza, the latest EP by Glauco Di Mambro. A deep, raw, hypnotic experience, Assonanza is like a tribal acid trip to another dimension.
For this journey Glauco decided to bring along elements gathered on his constant travels around the world. It’s a sound that’s hard to pinpoint, true to Glauco’s unique yet captivating style.
The original track features an exciting blend of live percussion, fruit of his extensive research on Middle Eastern rhythms. Some of the drums used in Assonanza are the Daf, Riqq, Qraqeb, Sagat, Darbuka and Gatham.
The exciting opening track is complimented by an eclectic roster of remixers, each of whom bring their own twist to the ethnic foundations laid by Glauco.
First up is Mexico’s dark disco wizard Inigo Vontier, with a worm hole mix of jungle sounds and sinister cosmic features.
Shubostar follows up with her signature driving approach, full of drama and suspense which takes the song in a different, bouncy, direction.
Finally we have Deer Jade & Isi Audi, regulars on the Tulum & Burning Man scene, reworking Assonanza with a powerful dubbed out twist.
With previous releases on the likes of Sol Selectas, Gardens of Babylon, LNDKHN and Desert Hut, back home in Italy Glauco Di Mambro is the Musical Curator and Resident DJ of “The Sanctuary Eco Retreat” in Rome, Milan, Mykonos, Porto Cervo and Ostuni.
His DJ sets have been described as “emotional, rousing, immersive”… a true ritual experience where all genres of music combine and flow effortlessly the way all rivers end up in one sea.
Ichisan - Harmona
2. Harmona (Dan Tyler Remix)
3. Harmona (DAn Tyler Acid Casualty Mix)
4. Harmona (Radio Edit)
‘Harmona’ is the first single from Ichisan’s fourth studio album, which is due soon on Gouranga Music. It comes with two remixes by Dan Tyler of Idjut Boys and a brand new video created by illustrator Meta Wraber and director Anna Boberg, who has worked with the likes of The Chemical Brothers.
By now, Ichisan is a well-known talent in the world of disco house. The Slovenian is a skilled guitarist and brings his musicality to bear in all his tunes. He counts the likes of Prins Thomas and Pete Herbert as fans and has released numerous EPs and LPs on labels like Nang, Bordello A Parigi and Eskimo.
The fantastic ‘Harmona’ is a Balearic disco jam with a filtered Moog-style melody, a funky synth bassline and lush flanger-strings. It overflows with colour and charm and is the sort of dance floor dynamite that always takes things to the next level. Remixer Dan Tyler of Idjut Boys is well known for cooking up left of centre and dubbed out house with plenty of disco influences. Firstly, he adds his wonky tape delay and signature flange over the main theme to take it in a new direction. He also offers an Acid Casualty mix that is more gnarly and perfect for darker dance floors.
The accompanying video sees the watercolour paintings of Meta Wraber brought to life by Anna Boberg. Meta is Ichisan’s partner, and a successful illustrator. Anna is a wizard with after-effects and a notable animator – a dream team for this blissful track!
The irresistible ‘Harmona’ is a great taster of the full length to come.
Dombrance - Taubira
2. Taubira (Josh Ludlow Extended mix)
3. Taubira (Ichisan & Gouranga Clan Disko Dub) 4. Taubira (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
5. Taubira (James Rod remix)
6. Taubira (Josh Ludlow Italo mix)
Two years ago we shared Dombrance’s Taubira to celebrate the artist’s debut show on American soil. That show was at the first of our legendary Bowery Ballroom parties in New York City. Now the crew present a selection of remixes from some of their frequent collaborators.
Dombrance is a French DJ and producer who has been releasing selective, highly regarded work for almost 20 years gracing labels like Kitsune, Virgin Records and Yuksek’s Partfine. The single ‘Taubira’ appeared exclusively via our channel two years ago and now returns for a full release with a stellar set of remixes.
The package opens with the hypnotic, arpeggiated excellence of the original before handing the reins to the assembled remix team. The mixes are bookended by two adaptations from new kid on the block Josh Ludlow who opens things with a powerful club edit with a deep, heady feel and closes out with a pumping 80’s Italo rework. Between these two variations, we have the ‘Clan Disko Dub’ from respected Slovenian producer Ichisan who teams up with the Gouranga Clan to go down a percussive & acidic route. Alongside this, Spain’s James Rod turns in an extended and intense revision that takes things into tripped out, late-night territory.
At the centre of all this is the jewel in an already gleaming crown as Norwegian Cosmic God Prins Thomas takes the track down a psychedelic bass trip – stretched out over a blissful eleven minutes to create something truly timeless.
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James Rod - Saratoga
For our sixth release we have turned to one of our favourite humans on the planet – the unstoppable James Rod. We have had the pleasure of working with James for a few years now and he is easily the most prolific contributor to Gouranga. His live show is mindblowingly cool and we cannot wait to party again with him soon…in the meantime this three-track EP is amazing, but the fine people at Juno describe it best : – ;
“Since launching in the autumn of 2019, Gouranga Music has periodically offered up some of the most interesting and inventive nu-disco cuts around. Happily, we can confirm that this EP from Spanish scene stalwart James Rod more than lives up to the label’s high standards, with the Golden Soul Records founder confidently flitting between intoxicating, Moroder-goes-Italo-disco drug-chug (mind-altering mid-tempo opener ‘Die Herrschaft’); undulating, pitched-down, synth-heavy bubbliness (the even slower ‘Licantropia’, which includes some suitably tumbling and glassy-eyed guitar motifs); and driving, punk-funk influenced nu-disco/dub disco fusion (the dark and foreboding ‘Saratoga’).”
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Ichisan - Baba Mustafa
A quirky nu-disco three-tracker from Ichisan, AKA Slovenian photographer, guitarist and DJ/producer Igor Skafar. Skafar released an album on Nang last year, which gives you an idea what to expect here: both ‘Baba Mustafa’ and ‘Ultrapasa’ would sit neatly alongside tracks from Nang label mates and fellow East Europeans Sare Havlicek or Ilija Rudman, for instance, having that same glossy Mediterranean 80s sheen. But ‘Baba Mustafa’ distinguishes itself by getting wilder and more wigged-out as it goes along, an idea that’s carried to its natural conclusion on the seriously out-there Dub Mix, which hints at the sonic experiments and explorations of Larry Levan or Arthur Russell.
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Jennifer Cardini Flash Atkins
Beyond The Struttosphere -
Beyond The Struttosphere is a new collaboration between Leo Strutt (Strutt Bros DJs) and Ben Chetwood (Flying Mojito Bros, Damian Lazarus’s Ancient Moons) aimed at channelling their considerable musical production experience and boundless love of cosmic dark disco. Their first track, New Frontier (Directors Cut), was self-released late in 2019 and is a slow-burning chug through the cosmos, littered with spacey vintage synth motifs and crunchy power chords. It found much acclaim among Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnson’s A Love From Outer Space online fraternity, and was featured in The Juan Mclean’s (DFA Records) recent contribution to Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space mix series. The original is given a makeover by K-Effect, a stalwart of the dark disco scene. His take meanders down a progressive cosmic wormhole with driving basslines and trippy synth riffs that drive the tune to its spaced-out finale.
The boys are back with a new offering on Gouranga Music – Rolling Thunder, a faster, more forthright dancefloor-orientated affair that means business. Complete with gnarly arpeggiator riffs, swirling psychedelic delay lines, a trippy vocal sample borrowed from Platoon, and their now trademark driven guitar power chords. The title track has been given the remix treatment by two aficionados of the scene, firstly the Mexican dark disco wizard Mufti turns up the heat, beefs up the bass, and dials the chug up to 11 to deliver a solid dancefloor destroyer. Cosmic disco legend James Rod delivers a second remix that strips the track right back to its core elements resulting in a minimal slow burner filled with dirty analogue electronics that builds up like a pressure cooker as the track progresses towards its conclusion. The EP finishes with a third remix by the in-house label crew, Gouranga Clan, which reimagines the track as a driving interstellar trip that is sure to spin out a few right-minded partygoers!
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The Two Mamarrachos
La Dame Noir
K-Effect - Awareness
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The Two Mamarrachos
Horse Meat Disco
Kalson & Hi - Acid Brazil
‘Last time we heard from Hardisco co-founder Kalson it was way back in 2012. Then he was sharing top billing with two other producers, making “Acid Brazil” – his debut outing on Gouranga Music – a first solo single since 2009. The title track is pleasingly eccentric: a bouncy house romp that brings together squelchy acid lines, sweeping synth-strings, epic orchestration and what sound like samples from an easy listening era Brazilian music classic. It’s odd, but also impossible to dislike. Veterean Norwegian producer runs with the “acid” theme on his accompanying remix, layering waves of psychedelic TB-303 acid lines over heavier house drums and some of the same samples Kalson used. The result is a sleazy beast that’s arguably even better than Kalson’s original mix.’
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Algy Strutt - Future Flashbacks
“Future Flashbacks is an escalating slab of dark cosmic slo-mo disco that draws inspiration from pantheon of sources, including The Unknown Cases’ Masimbabele, Lindstrom, Diskjokke, Billy Idol and Andrew Weatherall’s A Love From Outer Space series. Driven power chords, rolling multi-layered bass lines, trippy vocal samples, 80s-tinged guitar licks and a healthy dose of acid power this chugger through to an arpeggiated breakdown that builds to a cosmic crescendo that drops to bring all the elements back together.
Gouranga have managed to put together this EP with some seriously killer remixes. I’ve been a fan of James Rod and Rune Lindbaek’s studio work for many years and I’m thrilled that these class acts have worked their cosmic magic with such great results! It’s also great to hear the Gouranga Clan’s take on Future Flashbacks – badass!
Production notes: This was a project that started life several years ago as an experiment when making the transition from Logic to Ableton. It was shelved for a few years while I worked on other projects and was resurrected when I found out I was due to become a father in a few months’ time, so I wanted to get one last tune finished, and Flashbacks provided the perfect base. I upgraded many of the original synth and bass parts with newly acquired analogue synthesisers, recorded the guitar parts and beefed up the acid. Some of the original percussion parts remain, though have been twisted out of all recognition by running them through a series of distortion units, analogue delays and various other pieces of outboard gear. The breakdown originally consisted of a blues-rock style organ riff, which was pared back to more of a pad, but didn’t sit well with the new sound the track had acquired, so it was replaced by a whirling italo-cosmic arpeggiator part played on a Sequential Circuits Prophet 6 that was immensely fun to record live.”