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Well Rounded Records is a UK based label with a urban bass tinge. They hit aspects of RnB, garage, and raunchy 80’s edits in their releases, so the label name makes sense then right? Expect a “well rounded” track from these guys!

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Bad Autopsy – Rut (Nice ‘N Slow)

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Richter – Perfect Light

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Here are two really relaxing deep house tunes from German producer Luvless, of Rose Records. The Rose Records mantra, as written on their website is “we believe in the beauty of nature, the pureness of a warm summer rain and the pleasure of friendship.” I think you can hear that in Luvless’ sound, he isn’t trying to put out that next big party banger, instead he is focused in on authentic positive vibes. Check it out! And grab the free download of “Oceans & Mountains.”

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Located at:
1617 Cosmo St.
Hollywood, CA 90028

7:30-10:15

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PetFood label is the creation of Miami natives, Jay-You & Lazaro Casanova. Since it’s inception in 2008, the label has been a hub for forward thinking deep house music. One of the recent petFood releases shared on the Habituate blog is Son of Sound’s Live Wire EP. And below is the newest release by Kasbah Zoo. Beautifully deep dubbed out house music!

And to make the showcase that much better, LA’s own Bas Elgharib and Jimmy Maheras of Plastic Love will be joining the petFood crew!

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Typically when someone throws the term “Dutch house” around when describing the style of dance music they like, I throw up a little in my mouth. So called “Dutch House” is especially popular here in California, the commercialized “massives,” as they are called, have headlining acts who many consider “Dutch house” DJs. They play overly predictable, dirty electronic saw-tooth synthesizers and rely heavily on dramatic interludes, build-ups and drops to get a reaction out of a crowd. The biggest DJ culprits of this being Afrojack, Chuckie, Hardwell, Switch and Dirty South.

I had all but given up hope for Holland, until I found the extremely refreshing label Tomorrow Is Now, Kid! (TiNK!). It all started in 1988 when Joseph Salvador opened up the Portland Studios in Amsterdam and started recording up and coming Dutch artists. By 1990 the first TiNK! record was released with Black Tulip on production and Wendell A. Morrison on vocals.

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This is an absolutely stellar compilation and retrospective look at the late 70’s early 80’s disco record label, Sam. We have Harmless Records to thank for carefully selecting the most worthy tracks from the Sam Recordings catalog and repressing them. They are also responsible for another great compilation of re-rubbed Salsoul tracks, can’t wait to see what is next! This compilation has a ridiculously impressive team of remixers and edit maestros at the reigns too. Soul Clap, 6th Borough Project, Todd Terje, Maxxi Soundsystem, Jacques Renault, Andy Ash, Prince Language, Walker & Royce Touch, Runaway, Clinton Houlker, Bonar Bradberry, Volta Bureau, & Catz n’ Dogz are behind the magic! I pulled out my Sam 12″ of Komiko’s “Feel Alright” and decided to rip it to share, but the record is way to crackly. I did find it already ripped at Beat Electric so here is an original free for you to download (thanks BE!).

Listen to the compilation at Juno.

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Komiko – Feel Alright (Original 1982 Version)

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Our gaze has spanned far and wide and is now firmly fixed upon the wizardry that is Beard Science. Habituate OC asks the mysterious fraternal internet disco society a little about their scientific method. Also offered up is a free edit that is available for only 1 month!

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Beard Science – Outback (Oswego trail mix)

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Q: How was the label created?

BS: Beard Science started life when a small group of like-minded souls got together on the DJ History forum to release their edits on vinyl. Some of us were already putting out our own productions and wanted an alternative outlet for this side of our work. Some of us didn’t know how to go about getting our tracks pressed up while others had quality material, but not enough for a solo release. From the start, the idea was for everyone to submit one track anonymously for a vote, with the winning eight being released on the next two EPs. However, the releases were not simply compiled in order of the vote results. Careful consideration went into which ones went together well or contrasted nicely.

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Q: Is Beard Science a reference to the often mentioned joke of disco/funk/etc djs being old bearded fellows?

BS: The name was decided in a vote too. There were other suggestions, some slightly sinister, based on the secretive nature of the project, but in the end we went for a reference to the mythical, bearded, disco fraternity. Since most of us have never actually seen any of the other members we are not sure how many of us have beards, and the razor imagery as well as the Razor Sharp Edits series name is more about removing the beard or at least keeping them neatly trimmed.

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Q: Where is the label based out of?

BS: In a sense the label is based only in a slightly old-fashioned version of the internet. We just use e-mail and a forum to communicate. All our releases have been pressed in the UK although we have considered doing some in the US as well. There are slightly more of us in the UK than anywhere else, but in the years we’ve been going we’ve had members in Brazil, Norway, Belgium, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Canada and the US.

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Q: Who is the label head, and who are the major contributors?

BS: We do not have a label head as such, although throughout our existence different members have been in charge of coordinating different releases. It is difficult to say who the major contributors are because due to our selection system, everyone has contributed the same amount of tracks, although not all have made it to the vinyl releases.

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Q: Any plans in the future for events, more releases, etc?

BS: Razor Sharp Edits EP6 is released this week. We’ve got material and plans for future releases although the next one will probably be the start of a new series rather than volume seven of the current one. As for events I’m not sure how those might happen, with us all spread across the globe.

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Excerpts from Razor Sharp Edits 6

“Bang Bang”

“Life Is What You Make It”

“Time Twist”

“Thuper Trooper”

Buy the release here and find more Beard Science releases on discogs and soundcloud.

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I have been picking up Nu-Groove records when ever I run across them at Amoeba LA, so this compilation of the Burrell Brothers’ productions from 1988 to 1992 is something I truly got excited for. The Burrell Brothers are Rheji & Rhano Burrell, twin brothers from New York City who released under numerous aliases on Nu Groove Records. Nu Groove was one of the leading and most prolific house labels in the genres early history. Those 4 years in house music are considered defining and most consider the Burrell Borthers a part of this definition. Here is a great chance to catch up on great music.

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A short documentary feature on Nu Groove Records from the early days.

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Enjoy this mix by Fred Deepsounds out of France.
Deepsounds : A Burrell Brothers Tribute Mix (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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