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DE030 : Hans Thalau - Jade & Asdis
|Dark Energy is 30 releases old!
To celebrate Milton Jackson and Shur-i-kan hosted an glittering party at our floating private fortress anchored off the coast of Vietnam - a new addition to our extensive property portfolio funded by proceeds of our Best Of Dark Energy compilation.
Even Milton's private stash of Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam was sacrificed for the occasion - served by the cast of Paris's finest burlesque establishments.
Entertainment came in the form of a dazzling three hour concert by Prince who rounded off his set with a special guest appearance - the carefully reanimated corpse of Michael Jackson performing Thriller. At midnight a fifty gun salute was fired by the North Korean Navy who came to accompany Kim Jong-un to the party (as he is a well known fan of Office Gossip).
Featuring the creme-de-creme of music industry - it was like a veritable who's who of deep house. In fact I'd say anyone worth even the slightest pinch of mustard in house music was there.
We sincerely apologise if you didn't receive the invite.
DE029 : Dubble D - Down
|Dark Energy is proud to present to you a rather lovely track by the elusive artist Dubble D available in two versions - slow and slightly slower. Oh yes and the obligatory Shur-i-kan remix.
We are not sure why the artist chose the alias Dubble D. Some suspect its a reference to the producers breast cup size - a result of an unfortunate childhood medical condition that resulted in years of ritual humiliation for the young man but consequently launched a rather lucrative career as a stunt double for Bo Derek in the 80s. However its surely no coincidence that this name change coincided with a fatwa being issued against him by house kingpin Moodymann from a cave deep somewhere in the Pakistani mountains. All because of an unfortunate misunderstanding with a previous tongue in cheek moniker.
Anyway none of these details are important, what's important is that you write something nice in the feedback form and agree to mention this release at least twice a day in casual conversation. Thats twice.
DE028 : Milton Jackson - Frisbee Champion
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DE027 : Lowpazz - Good Old Days EP
|Dark Energy are proud to present a couple of fresh bodied young men straight from the city of Amsterdam who call themselves Lowpazz.
Shur-i-kan and Milton Jackson discovered them whilst on a grueling trip researching our new forthcoming book 'Around the World in 80 Debauched Nights' (to be serialised in the Sunday Times)
We had almost given up hope of finding some decent scat in the once notorious, but now humbled dens of Amsterdam, when we by chance stumbled upon an unassuming club called The Dangly Lounge. Inside we discovered an act of extraordinary virtuosity! Jay was spinning a hamster from his nipple tassels, whilst Max was hanging an angry midget from his lower regions. With talent like that how could we not sign them to the UKs leading house label? Sadly Defected didn't want them, so we ended up bringing them home in a large suitcase instead.
Now thinking about it, I might have got my stories mixed up. Oh well, just imagine a similarly exotic tale whilst you soak up the fine nostalgic vibes of this EP.
There are two originals and a remix by Shur-i-kan in the package. Thats the kind of cutting edge curation we pride ourselves on here at Dark Energy Towers.
DE026 : Milton Jackson - Breakdowns
|Fresh from a recent sojourn to the Bahamas photographing the Duchess of Kent with a long lens, Milton Jackson returns to Dark Energy in fine fettle.
A recent move to the scenic Cotswolds countryside has rendered our Milt quite literally barking mad. Instead of dodging deep fried Mars Bars and Buckfast-sodden natives in Glasgow, Milton now has to deal with the horrors of driving around horses on single track roads and the local Sainsbury's shutting at 4pm on a Sunday.
Given these new life-obstacles it's only fitting that our MJ should write a track about mental breakdown. Excitingly his old chum and fellow Countryside Alliance member Shur-i-kan put aside 2-3 hours of his valuable time to lay down a remix.
So... "Chipping Norton Set" or err... Cosa Nostra? Reactions on a postcard please to the usual address.
DE025 : Shur-i-kan - Fly EP
|Welcome our special VIP promo recipients!
Dark Energy returns after a hiatus to bring you a brand new joint or four from the one and only Shur-i-kan!
So what, I hear you ask, have the boys been up to in these last months?
Well, Milton Jackson decided to build an experimental farm complex in rural Oxfordshire to cultivate his new deep house crops that he hopes will eventually feed thousands in more deprived areas of Banbury.
Shur-i-kan on the other hand has taken time out to reorganise, yet again, his extensive Barbie collection (this time in order of breast size).
DE024 : - Beatronomy
DE024P : - Beatronomy Promo Pack
|All Hail Dark Energy!
We have a special treat - a compilation of truly epic proportions to celebrate a landmark event - Dark Energy's twenty two and a half glorious releases!
To be honest we couldn't be bothered to upload the whole lot so you'll have to make do with just four new unreleased goodies. Consider this a gift from us to you - our faithful dedicated promo monkeys.
We've really pulled out the stops to bring you strangest names in dance music - Mitchell Sphynx, Terrence Pearce, Triagen and Luka ft Mz Jay. They may sound like the line-up of a low budget porno, but listening to their music will tell another story - one you can enjoy without getting a boner.
Now go forth, celebrate, dance the streets in joy, and spread the word to all the other little people...
DE022 : Shur-i-kan - Going Places
|As a 5 year old boy Shur-i-kan's mum used to say to him 'you're going places'. Little did he realise that meant the orphanage - as the family had to make space in their tiny cardboard box house for sky tv.
The young whipper snapper didn't let such a life of impoverishment get him down for long as he quickly made a name for himself amongst the other abandoned children by organising deep house nights. Admittedly they didn't have any records or equipment but that didn't stop the little blighters dancing the night away imagining they were being caressed by the warming sounds of Kerri Chandlers soulful house flavours.
Every day the young lad would walk the 12 miles barefoot just to gaze longingly through the glass of the local record shop at the latest vinyl imports whilst being beaten mercilessly by well meaning passers by.
However such experiences are nothing if character forming, and soon after selling various internal organs to the town's butcher he eventually saved up enough to buy his first record.
Sadly when he got it back home it didn't turn out to be as good as it sounded in the shop and hence the moral of this story which is that digital is better than vinyl.
[You're fired - Ed]
DE021 : Phonic Funk - The Heartbreak
|We welcome to Dark Energy a fine young producer of the name Phonic Funk who hails from Netherlands a small country much loved for its cheese.
The title track is powering monster of a deep house track that will sure have the dancefloors going cra.... sigh... err... look its late and its the cheese I really want to talk about here.
I love cheese. God, I love cheese.
I once killed a man over cheese. I choked him with a garrote of cheesestrings for eating my last edam.
If I had to choose between a delicious slice of Haloumi and saving my dear old granny from a burning building I'd chose the Haloumi - tenderly toasting some against my once family member's charcoaled remains.
There I said it. Live with it.
DE020 : Tom Middleton - One Clap Wonder
|Let's face it, gardening can be pretty daunting. All those Latin names, the bugs and blights that can attack your plants just when they are looking their prettiest. How does anyone manage to grow anything?
Part One of 'How to go from DJ superstar to gardener' will explain all that. It's not magic, it's common sense. I can't promise you a copper-bottomed guarantee, but I can help you to learn how to avoid the pitfalls and make the most of what you've got.
This musical resource, prepared in collaboration with the Dark Energy Recordings, will bring life to your learning. There will be eight modules in all. You can work through them, or simply dip in, it's up to you. The modules cover everything you need to know to give you a great start in gardening.
I love gardening because it is the stuff of life, but even more I love a good hard spanking whilst listening to Tom Middleton on Dark Energy. Enjoyment is what this record is all about.
God I love my job.
Alan Titchmarsh [Head of A&R and Agriculture]
DE024BC : - Beatronomy Cassette Edition
DE023 : Shur-i-kan - Like Rick Says
|Before you listen to this release, we'd like to make a short statement:
We deeply regret the unconventionally short running length of these tracks.
The absence of a kick drum on each beat of the bar must surely be terrible oversight.
We apologise for the lack of germanic crusty chopped jazz samples or hoxton haircut raising trendy bass lines.
But most of all we condemn the blatant disregard the artist obviously has for us the management for leaving us unable to decide which genre to enter in the meta-data, or you the hard working DJs of this fine scene who potentially have to mix this kind of nonsense.
This won't happen again.
Oh yes, in a completely separate non related matter - we would like to thank Shur-i-kan for his most generous donation to the Dark Energy pension fund.
Dark Energy Management
DE019 : MANIK - Gotta Have It EP
|Well I'm sure you'll agree the last few months have been simply incredible for Dark Energy. Its been a non-stop roller-coaster for the label! November saw Milton Jackson win a twenty pound Asda voucher in the Readers Digest xmas lotto, Dark Energy got mentioned in at least three seperate tweets and then in January Shur-i-kan almost released a track. And of course who can forget those amazing releases by likes of Dixon, 808 State, Kid Creole and Susan Boyle vs Basshunter ... though thinking about it now we might have imagined those.
So to top off an incredible eleven and a half weeks, we are chuffed to welcome talented producer and part time badger baiter Chris Manik to Dark Energy's sweaty folds. It feels like many many months since we signed this EP, and thats probably because it is. Regrettably a recent addition to the our standard artist contract stipulates that Venus and Mars must be in strict alignment before we can release a track. By that calculation the next available slot will be the year 2083.
Even more remarkable is that there is a remix by Shur-i-kan and Milton Jackson on the EP - all of which seems to prove that the ancient Mayan prophecy is correct after all, and the world will indeed be eaten by a gigantic ginger kitten.
DE018 : Kruse & Neurnberg - The Brush
|We like to think we are so ahead of the game here at Dark Energy that we've had the after-match group shower, downed the Dom Pérignon and pranged the expensive sports car before the other competitors have even stepped up to the proverbial start line.
That's why we are so proud to have stumbled upon an undiscovered hot talent coming from a mysterious town called... Hamburg. Apparently it's in a far away country called Duet-sch-land (or something like that).
Our key A&R executive, Milton Jackson (recently appearing in Economist magazines poll 'Most Influential Men in Boardroom Grooming') has spent the last six months doing low-level ordinance sweeps in his personal Learjet, searching for signs of electronic music in deepest Europe. That's why we had to sell the entire back catalogue to News International to cover the aviation fuel costs.
However it was all worth it as we can now reveal our exclusive scoop: so without further ado allow me to introduce Florian Kruse and Nils Nuernberg! Who are these new young upstarts I hear you ask? Well we are quietly confident that you've probably never heard of this dynamic duo and that this is their first ever release!
Oh yeah, some guy called Tom Middleton also did a remix - apparently Shur-i-kan met him while busking on Alderaan "I think he's a Jedi or something".
DE017 : Milton Jackson - Beautiful Liars
|It's not often Milton Jackson graces us with his presence here at DE towers and when he does his entourage usually arrive first to check for CIA listening devices. Well MJ did turn up last week to pick up his Dark Energy royalty cheque. As usual he demanded it be presented in giant cheque form and for a picture to be taken at the handover.
During this occasion MJ launched in an impromptu monologue on how he invented drum n bass:
"I had just invented Drum n Bass by pitching up the Eastenders drum roll to 160BPM. Those were heady times. 4 Hero and Rob Playford on speed dial etc.
I was funding my addiction to Milky Ways and Jelly Babies with all my drum n bass royalties - luckily I had the foresight to buy out the rights to the Amen break. We didn't have internet banking in those days, but I often think what it would have been like to check my balance in real time.
Unfortunately I was due up in court for a freak accident involving a PC and a vacuum cleaner. We didn't have broadband in those days and I had to wait on the dial up modem to load a few jpegs which were totally work related. The police officer didn't see it that way which probably had something to do with the fact I was naked at the time.
The resulting court case was long and costly. My first error was hiring Johnny Cochrane to argue my case. Johnny's argument was spurious at best and his fee enormous. We lost the case and with it my drum n bass millions.
Well, that was then, this is now. With deep house sales in the low hundreds I can feed my family of five for almost a day. After that I usually go out into the street and busk......[tails off into long discussion about Earth Wind & Fire's best album]"
DE016 : Office Gossip - Imperfect Variations
|When Nathan Boddy aka Office Gossip came to us with another EP after last years release "Tava" we were somewhat surprised. In the end we had to assume that he hadn't yet tried to cash in the shares in our Sudanese holding company that we gave him in leu of royalty payments.
Anyway after several long hard minutes of negotiation the deal was done. Nathan wisely agreed to exchange those valuable shares for an partial investment in Dark Energy's latest venture - a state of the art equipped club extension to the International Space Station. Shur-i-kan's brother in law has already started designing the logo to go on the side of module with Paint Shop Pro and the $250m unit named Dark Matter will be constructed over a period of eight years. However once operational we predict a massive demand for high orbital clubbing.
Although slightly out of town the transport links will be serviced by the fleet of Space Shuttles that NASA have promised they will be building. The MoD has lent several of its best IT managers to make sure the project doesn't go over budget. Possibly the most exciting thing is that Steve Ballmer has expressed interest in DJing at the launch party.
Milton Jackson made this statement via satellite link to us from his South Caribbean island, 'Dark Matter is truly a once in a life-time opportunity. In no way at all are Dark Energy and Dark Matter's finances entwined.'
Anyway enjoy the release and look to the stars!
DE015 : Brotherly - Breathe: Shur-i-kan Remixes
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|Its time for a brand new DE joint, a somewhat unusual project for us this time. So we'll let Shur-i-kan explain all about it in his own words:
Well, I got the call from Brotherly's lawyer whilst relaxing in the outdoor hot tub with my lovely assistants Natalie and Coco. I was so surprised I knocked my diamond encrusted Rolex (which was stupidly perched by the bottle of Dom Perignon) into the hot soapy waters. Luckily it is waterproof up to a depth of twelve thousand feet.
She explained that they were very sorry to ask but they desperately needed a completely amazing remix for their little project; they didn't want to insult me by offering a fee from their meagre multi-million dollar budget but could I help nonetheless? Well I paused to reflect as I gazed over the glittering lights of London from my fortieth floor penthouse apartment and then it hit me - Deep House has been good to me, perhaps it's time to give something back.
"I'll tell you what old girl", I stated, "I'll do it. I'll give you a bit of my remix magic, but if we're going to do it let's release the remix on Dark Energy as well."
"Oh my god thank you thank you", she blubbed. I can't stand hearing a woman cry. Thankfully the call was interrupted by a golf ball splashing into my left over truffle soup (which was btw historic). It had come from the direction from my neighbour and good friend Sir Michael Caines roof garden. "Oi Michael", I exclaimed, "mind the bloody cross wind!!"
DE014 : Shades Of Gray - Concord Jazz
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|Shades of Gray the exciting new product for DJs of that certain age.
Its the first and only DJ treatment that lets you show your experience and your energy! And its easy. Just mix, blend and rinse.
Why use a Shade of Gray?
Innovative formula: lifts crowd morale whilst visibly reducing the appearance of David Guetta.
Gentle and Long Lasting
Also available with incredible Ian Pooley remix. Mix and Match. Who would have thought DJing could be this fun!
Helps YOU look good even when the scene looks bad.
Now, more than ever, clubs need DJs who have experience and energy. Show them what you got with a Shade of Gray.
Maybe its Deep House. Maybe its Dark Energy.
DE013 : Yofunk - Marmot
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|A surge of interest in Deep House amongst the yellow-bellied marmots of Yosemite National Park inspired Yordan Petrov a.k.a. Yofunk to write an entire six minute beat about (nearly) everybody's favorite genus of the squirrel family.
This delicious twist of fate means that the once notorious marmota-o-phobe Petrov now depends almost entirely on a living scratched out by playing night clubs filled with the furry creatures.
We asked fellow Scotsman and Dark Energy co-founder Milton Jackson (recently awarded Master of Horsemanship from the Bahrain Dressage Board) about this phenomena. He explained "I heard about Yofunk, as one usually does, from the members of my local bridge club. So I arranged a visit to Edinburgh to check him out. When I entered the place was packed with the nasty critters and Yordan was in the DJ booth sobbing into a copy of Kerri Chandler's Atmospheric Beats, can't say I stayed long."
On remix duties we have rising star Hiro, a man who's identity is so well hidden that we had to torture his entire family for four whole days just so we could complete the paperwork, which to be fair might have been a tad excessive, but we're a stickler for detail here at DE.
DE012 : Shur-i-kan - Ultimate Besides
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|It must surely be one of Dark Energy's top ten proudest moment so far this year to present the first volume of co-founder Shur-i-kan's collection of ultimate b-side nuggets. However rather than trivialise such an important occasion with the normal promotional dross we decided to ask key industry figures what this release meant to them.
"You know the feeling you get in a club when the energy builds and builds and builds then the breakdown comes and the crowd goes wild", raved Stu Maverick, resident at Roxy in Bournemoth, "I try to picture that when playing this record".
We tracked down Milton Jackson, recently awarded Playmate of The Year at his Ibiza villa for his reaction "This is exactly the kind of record you will have in your bag for years but never play out: there's a reason for that."
Dark Energy's distributor made this statement "This is going to be big, we expect to shift literally tens of copies".
"The beauty is that with this release Shur-i-kan has in effect shifted the boundaries, or should I say, changed the paradigm of modern dance music by releasing not one but three tracks of what could have been premium dance floor pressure. The record reminds me of a wounded deer on the roadside - do we drive on leaving it to suffer alone or reverse and bludgeon it to death with a golf club? - either way it will haunt our dreams for years" waxed Tony Humphries in his weekly Daily Mail column.
"I'm so excited", shouted Jimpster during morning exercises on his bouncy castle, "with b-sides this great, just imagine what the a-sides could have been like!"
DE011 : Pablo Fierro - Time To Change
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|Please take care to follow these notes when listening to this record in order to achieve optimum pleasure.
The listeners head should be placed 18 inches above sea level precisely. Elevate forehead to an angle of *not* more than twenty one degrees (352 Kelvin) and raise left leg slightly off ground to avoid any resonating bass frequencies. Speakers should be positioned at perpendicular right angles to each other and the listener. A ratio of one and two thirds the distance between the right toe and the left nipple should be observed at all times. If at all possible use a catholic priest to absorb corner reflections.
Congratulations! You are now be ready to listen to Pablo Fierro's "Time To Change" (catalogue number DE011) promotional hi-fidelity recording at a safe volume.
The listener will appreciate the subtle 2.3db roll off of 2KHz frequencies at roughly 2 minutes and 11 seconds and 57 milliseconds into Get Up Away. Notice how the side band compression phases in a graceful dance with the left channels sub harmonic content in Time To Change. Experienced observers may initially question the interplay between the 200, 4K and 13.7Mhz frequency bands in Shur-i-kan's remix but when placed in the context of the events of the Spanish Civil War we'll sure you'll agree that it delivers a most satisfying counter point to whatever it was we were first talking about.
DE010 : Kris Wadsworth - Deep Inside
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|One is often asked how it is possible to maintain ones creative peak over the years. To which the answer is that every morning before sitting down to work one needs to experience the full gamut of emotions - joy, laughter, pain and loss. Admittedly knocking one off to a DVD of Paris Hilton's House of Wax then sobbing remembering the death of your pet hamster 'Houdini the 4th' through the vinegar strokes won't work for everyone.
Kris Wadsworth from Detroit has no such problems since a childhood accident rendered him unable to communicate except through interpretive dance. Which is lucky for us here at Dark Energy as the years of pent up frustration has produced a second EP of dirty funky filthy depravity that includes the sheer awesomeness of Deep Inside.
Milton Jackson (recently voted Luxembourg's greatest living fire conjurer) once described Kris Wadsworth's sound as 'like a baby pig being spit roasted by Cheryl Cole and Armin Van Buurn' and we'd be inclined to agree with him if he hadn't been high on crystal meth at the time.
As always please search deep within your imagination to find ways to tell us how aroused this release has made you feel as we like touching ourselves whilst reading them.
DE009 : Milton Jackson - Revolutions EP
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|Ninth time round here at Dark Energy and who do we find but none other than everyone's favourite haggis-eating-non-stop-kilt-wearing-hoots-man Scot: Milton Jackson.
Growing up with a name like Milton Jackson wasn't easy for our Milt, especially in the mean streets of Edinburgh's leafy Corstorphine area. Middle-class put downs are pretty sophisticated and Milton suffered some hum-dingers. He's managed to get over that though and produce this superb EP of deep dub tech deliciousness.
Fresh from picking up a DJ award at Pacha for being the world's greatest synchronised swimmer Milton has rustled up this three tracker with one track a world-exclusive download only available to people accessing this promo. Actually that's a lie (as well as a poorly structured sentence), we'll probably chuck that up on Beatport too.
These tracks have been a huge hit from Yeovil to Taunton. Basically anywhere east of Plymouth. For some reason Dark Energy is label non-grata in the Plymouth area due to an altercation Shur-i-kan had there with a local mob. The less said about those heady times the better.
Anyway when all is said if you remain unmoved after listening to the sublime Open My Eyes then quite simply you should consider a career change to tax accountancy.
DE008 : Sebastian Davidson - Gaze
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|Sebastian Davidson is becoming a name all too familiar within the higher echelons of the deep house illuminati. When he's not planting elaborate clues to the true birth place of Christ in his extensive collection of quality remixes and original productions he is touring the world doing what all international DJs do best - drinking and leering at young women.
Shur-i-kan and Milton Jackson (who is now officially the best deep house dj in the world) are very happy to welcome Mr. Davidson to their Dark Energy imprint with a set of tracks so deep that even the dark lord himself Peter Mandelson couldn't dig his way out of. If you don't understand that reference consider yourself very lucky indeed.
Complimenting the package perfectly is a great remix from the omnipresent Soul Minority who has been on something of a high since the overwhelming success of his Come Back 4 More track on Pack Up And Dance. However we enticed him out of his Beverly Hills mansion with the promise of immortality which we will honour once we've managed to capture and eviscerate Bruce Forsyth (again consider yourself lucky ...).
DE007 : Office Gossip - Sirius A
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|Nathan Boddy a.k.a Office Gossip has been releasing top quality house for a while now on labels such as Winding Road and Urbantorque and so Shur-i-kan and Milton Jackson are very happy to welcome Nathan onboard the Dark Energy express with what we think is an truly excellent new EP..
The title track Sirius A features a wicked rolling percussive loop with booty-line warm and sexy enough to defrost an Eskimo's lap and as the title suggests are juxtaposed against chords so science-fiction and ominous that Ming the Merciless asked us to license it as his official theme tune.
Next up we asked rising superstars Florian Kruse and Nils Nuernberg to put their collective brains into a large beaker and simmered at boiling temperature for 5 minutes to see what would happen. Despite this they were still able to knock us out this rather excellent remix which is bound to satisfy even the most jaded DJs in their search for dancefloor satisfaction.
Last up, Nathan once again demonstrates that naming a track after a kitchen utensil is a guaranteed road to success as we present Tava - a synth-laden twisted monster of a tune. No weak griddle links in this release we can tell you!
DE006 : Milton Jackson - Never Be Wrong Remixes
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|Following hot on the heel of Kris Wadsworth's smash "Warm Midnight" we bring you two of the most exciting producers to emerge from the last couple of years. Burnski and Sei A have stepped up to the plate to remix the debut Dark Energy release by Milton Jackson: "Never Be Wrong"
These two young guns require no introduction to any self-respecting beats aficionados, having recorded for labels such as Poker Flat, Dessous, Missive, Tronicsole & Turbo.
They turn in two highly original remixes and one can "play them out" to an audience of ravishing young ladies with confidence a forethought.
Such is the ability of the tracks to invoke a kind of cosmically erotic divination in large groups of females that when Shur-i-kan played the tracks at one of his recent gigs, he had to fend off the resultant female interest with a cricket bat. "It was a harrowing yet incredibly satisfying experience" he said afterwards.
Unencumbered by the rules and regulations of house music as decreed by Moses himself we find ourself in a very pleasant and swinging musical experience. Akin to listening to Matt Monro singing "Born Free" whilst sipping Pimm's aboard a large yacht in the Adriatic. A better description I'm sure you'll agree would be hard to enunciate.
We enjoy your views here at Dark Energy, so much so that we often mock them via instant messaging. Even if they involve highly specific threats towards our close and immediate family we would still love to hear from you.
Handily, Shur-i-kan has programmed a system whereby with minimum effort from yourself you can both react AND download the aforementioned slabs of exciting house music.
DE005 : Kris Wadsworth - Warm Midnight
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|Dropping science like a Kansas City school board we present Kris Wadsworth here at Dark Energy. Following on from the excellent Palm Skin Productions, Kris lays upon us 3 slabs of super-programmed rambots with more swinging going on than a cul-de-sac in Hull.
Having already delighted the world with previous releases on Morris Audio & Hypercolour, KW's debut release on DE doesn't disappoint and should appeal to house-heads, feet shufflers and professional wrestlers alike.
Warm Midnight features a familiar vocal sample (trust us it works) which grooves along nicely until we reach the middle section - at which point a dark Daft Punkesque bassline descends upon you, much like a friend pouring treacle on your head from atop a ladder.
Deep Heat continues us on the same trajectory, this time skywards towards a mountainous area on the dark side of the moon. Dreamy chords underpin a bouncy melody over a funktabulous groove.
That Nod completes the trio with chords, beats and errr niceness. The kind of track Princess Diana would approve of were she still here with us today.
BP001 : Shur-i-kan - Humble Bees Project
DE004 : Palm Skin Productions - Done
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|Fourth time round here at Dark Energy Recordings and after the success of Daniel Kyo's "Shake It" EP we bring you the mighty Palmskin Productions.
Discerning DJs should know Palmskin from his previous EPs on Freerange. The trainspotters amongst you will remember him from way back when on the Mo'Wax label.
Palmskin's Done has been parked firmly in our CD wallet for some time now and has been slowly gathering steam ahead of this official release. The breakdown in Done is an absolute monster and has raised the roof during recent Milton Jackson & Shur-i-kan gigs.
Talking of Shur-i-kan, the man himself steps up for remix duties and remains respectful to the original whilst injecting some additional dancefloor energy to the groove. This is coupled together with a Curly-esque growling bassline for maximum impact. Bass-bin insurance is probably a good move before playing this out!
Finishing off the package is a warped and wonderful track called Pig Iron. With its twisted chords, amazing ambience and subtle jazz touches this will appeal to the deeper heads and fans of Pepe Bradock's earlier releases.
DE003 : Daniel Kyo - I Can
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|Daniel Kyo should need little introduction to deep house heads who had their eye on the ball in 2008, his releases on Elevation, Plastic City and Lost My Dog cemented his stature and sound. Already producing beats like a veteran at a young age, he has created an EP we are really excited about at DE.
First up "I Can" is a vocal sample extravaganza, not too dissimilar to SIS's Nesrib and some recent Lauhaus outings, but still very much parked in deep house territory. Already popular with the likes of Jimpster on CDR this track has been road-tested by Shur-i-kan & Milton Jackson and is proving popular to say the least! Daniel has provided the original plus an Afro-beats mix for maximum dance-floor effect. We have also secured Mr Milton Jackson on remix duties since he liked the track so much.
Next is "Shake It", one of those 'go-to' tracks in your CD wallet (or laptop screen) whenever you're in a spot of bother on the 1s and 2s. Solid beats and programming in the Rozzo style this track grooves along until it releases a chord spectacular and builds to a very satisfying climax.
DE002 : Shur-i-kan - Jingle Jangle EP
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|Shur-i-kan has been in great form of late with his remix of Motorcity Soul's Change You on Simple Records and his Twist EP on Urbantorque both charting very highly.
To celebrate his first release on Dark Energy Recordings (his joint venture with Milton Jackson) he has decided to release two of his darker and more energetic tracks.
Jingle Jangle is a no holds barred assault on the dance floor, electronic percussion and tough beats are underpinned by the spacey appreciated chord sequence that Shur-i-kan is well known for. Already lauded by the likes of Neil Quigley and Funk D'Void this is sure to please.
287 on the other hand uses a simple riff to full effect, dark and brooding yet organic. When the grumbing bass line hits mind those bass bins.
DE001 : Milton Jackson - Dark Energy EP
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|Milton Jackson's first release on Dark Energy Recordings, lauded by many top DJs and topping the download charts - shows the power and versatility of his productions.
Never Be Wrong is a dance floor killer, deceptively simple the precision and swing of the groove shows off his production prowess.
The other track Never Be Right explores a deeeper sound with a dark and dreamy landscape that will worm into your subconscious.