A year after Expectations, his last release with band Bermuda, Harvey Sutherland drops a new 12″ written and produced in the seam of London and Melbourne on his own Clarity Recordings. He teams up with saxophonist Nubya Garcia, Kahlil Memphis on drums and Michael Shrimpling for a broken jazz workout that concurrently kicks off the Amethyst Tour, where he’ll debut the new band’s live show. Pre-order the digital album here.
Release date: November 9th, 2018
String arrangements by Harvey Sutherland and Tamil Rogeon Strings recorded at Smecky Music Studios, Prague Mix Engineer: J. David Franzke Mastering Engineer: Wouter Brandenburg at Brandenburg Mastering Lacquer cut at Schnitstelle Artwork: Nicko Phillips
Playa del Carmen sigue siendo hogar de muchos djs y productores de música electrónica, así como de bares, clubes de playa y fiestas en la selva, botes y cenotes. En el presente hay una presencia solida de talentos que residen y grupos de promotores que buscan crear diversas atmósferas para miles de visitantes que mensualmente invaden el Caribe en busca de baile y diversión.
No es secreto que la alguna vez mundialmente aclamada escena de Playa, perdió una de sus promotoras más importantes al rededor del 2016. Después de los eventos suscitados en uno de los focos de principal atención para la electrónica mundial, la mayoría de los clubs se vieron forzados a cerrar eventualmente. Posteriormente, el gobierno municipal decidió implementar restricciones y medidas poco favorables que forzaban a los promotores a pagar grandes sumas de dinero en permisos, seguridad, licencias de alcohol, detectores de metal y extensiones de horario, aunado a las regulares cuotas de limpieza y protección civil.
Debido a estas restricciones muchos de los promotores han cambiado sus miras a las playas de Tulum y la reserva de Sian Ka’an. Por lo tanto, los lugareños de Playa han tenido que buscar nuevas plataformas y organizadores que emergen de las cenizas. Después de prácticamente extinguirse, la vida nocturna resurgió y dejó atrás la sombra de aquel festival que le dio un giro inesperado a la prometedora carrera musical de la Riviera Maya. No todo fue malo en este proceso ya que a partir de este acontecimiento fue que los residentes y promotores comenzaron a dar luz a proyectos con nuevos emprendedores provenientes del Bajío, Guadalajara, la Ciudad de México y el extranjero hasta formar la comunidad que actualmente sostiene la escena underground en el Caribe Mexicano.
No solo el house y el techno forman este espectro de propuestas musicales, géneros como el rock, reggae, hip-hop y disco han aumentado su presencia. Música Para Locos, Stylo Caribe, A Lo Bëstia y One Klash Crew son parte de esta insurgencia que le da color al lenguaje artístico de la Riviera Maya. Los equipos de promoción de eventos se han integrado para informar acerca de fiestas en casas de playa, pequeños salones y terrazas. También se han creado nuevas opciones de festivales de arte-cultura como Comunite y Art with Me y hasta espacios para la grabación y producción como Perphetual Estudios.
La participación de la comunidad underground parece estar enfocada en ofrecer nuevas e interesantes propuestas; Waves por ejemplo ya en su cuarto evento han bookeado artistas de Holanda y México, eligiendo Club01 como su espacio. Nuevos lugares siguen apostando por el uso de tornamesas y discos de vinyl, afirmando su compromiso con la música y la cultura de DJ. En Octubre la promotora Sugar Cubes presenta una nueva noche con uno de los djs más importantes de Chicago Garret David en el recién inaugurado Clandestino by Soma. Otro lugar a punto de estrenarse será la terraza del Surco, lanzando la fiesta de Halloween con una de las leyendas de la música electrónica Mr. C y su disquera Superfreq. El nuevo proyecto creativo e incluyente Selina abrió en diferentes locaciones de la Riviera, ayudando a atraer más gente joven y creativa a la zona. Estos nuevos proyectos se unen a otros que mantienen viva la escena, como el Hostel 3B que lleva haciendo sus Usual Sundays ya cuatro años y con garantía de lleno en su terraza cada Domingo. La promotora Relevant se enfoca en el techno y artistas de talla internacional mientras The Magic House mantiene sus entregas semanales en Pura Vida enfocado a sonidos más tipo club.
No se dejen engañar que la música electrónica y la fiesta en Playa del Carmen ha muerto, todo lo contrario, la energía se renueva constantemente y es responsabilidad no solo de los promotores sino de los asistentes darle el crédito y apoyar a quienes trabajan por seguir creyendo en sus sueños en una región con tantas dificultades como America Latina.
We have some more fresh stock landing this and next week. Probably the last batch before all the shipping pipelines get clogged up over Christmas. Lot’s of untitled, limited press, hand-picked and such. Sweet sounds for the heads from rare Afro beat represses, German disco gems, Loft classics, Multi Culti jams, a big ol’ stack of new Techno and so much more… Also look out for incoming hip-hop, indie, rock, latin american titles and pop albums.
There are still a few bangers hanging around from last week in case you slept. Only a few left in stock of the new Hotmood EP from Whiskey Disco, Bobby Analog’s Body Fusion 12″, Soul Of Hex on Quintessentials or Lay-Far’s Riddim Research Lab LP on GAMM. We’re Open 9AM-9PM. You know what to do!
Playa's Record Store Hits The JungleWednesday, December 13th at 10:00 p.m.
Join us for a night of beats and dancing in the jungle of Tulum. Tropical vibes on wax all night with Spinny Grooves DJs and a special set from guest DJ Shine (Union Music, Deep Sense)
Good people, great music, quality drinks from the Xaman mixologists and an amazing atmosphere to vibe out and dance. What else?!
Shine’s DJ career stretches over 17 years and has taken him from places like England to France, Spain, Venezuela and all over Mexico. He’s gained huge respect for interlacing genres like house, indie disco, classics 80’s & 90’s, roots reggae, hip-hop, down tempo, classic funk, edits and deep house since 1998. Shine is a partner at Union Music dedicated to booking and managing artists and events in Mexico City. He’s won the title of Best Mexican DJ at the F.I.N.C. awards and Best House DJ at World DJ Expo. He holds down residencies at venues like Tara Roma, The Monkey, Rioma, Hookah Lounge, AM, Lincoln, Domit House, Tori Tori, Olives, Mamitas Beach Club, Dixon and many more. He is an all around amazing person and we are pumped to share this special night with him. Dance with us!
One of the best gifts you can give this (and any) holiday season is the gift of music. There’s nothing like the feeling of pulling a special record from your collection that triggers warm memories of a person or a shared moment. That’s just one example of the power music can have on our memories and emotions.
This holiday season, don’t take the easy way out buying a random top 40 album from Sanborns; vinyl junkies and music collectors alike are always looking for ways to better the quality of their listening or digging experience, and we’ve tracked down a few items that will really get them in the groove this year.
1. OSMOSE SOUND 7" STABILIZERDJ Osmose 7" Vinyl Record Stabilizer
Specially designed for use with 7″ records for everyday listening & vinyl DJ use. Improves sound quality by dampening vibrations and nullifies some of the vibrations created by sound systems.
This little gem also helps performance of slightly warped or flimsy records. Crafted from Cold-Rolled Steel for greater weight / less mass. Low profile design, minimal interference while DJing. Designed to fit around any 45 adaptor with easy on-off.
2. MUKATSUKU LEATHER 7" RECORD BAG Mukatsuku Records Are Our Friends Leather 7 Inch 45 Vinyl Record Bag
This hand crafted British made 7″ record bag with embossed Mukatsuku logo is made from vintage soft brown leather and comes with adjustable leather shoulder strap and padded top flaps with zips to hold money, needles or adapters.
Holds up to 80 x 45’s.
Other goodies included:
Deleted Roy Ayers 7″ single, Branded leather keyring, Lazer Etched steel adapter, Button badge, Stickers
3. STAR TIME BOX SETStar Time (Larry Dixon & LAD Productions Inc. Chicago 1971-87) 4XLP Box Set & Booklet
For the past four decades, a growing cult of soul music collectors have sought two obscure LPs and a handful of extremely rare 45s released on the vanity record label LAD Productions Inc. between the late seventies and the mid eighties by the mysterious South Side Chicago singer/song writer Larry Dixon.
Now available in this beautiful box set that perfectly illustrates Larry’s ability to overcome his environment and discrimination, transcended by his determination to write and produce music. A great gift for any rare soul/boogie digger.
4. KEITH HARING AUDIOPHILE SLIPMATWhite On Cork Keith Haring Audiophile Slipmat
Officially licensed Keith Haring merchandise. Professional grade record mats made of quality Cork material for audiophiles.
Widely used as an alternative to the popular felt slip mats, cork slip mats provide damping benefits and static reduction, improving playback quality for turntable users. The cork is perfect for isolating the vibration from the motor hum and controlling static, plus with the KH artwork how could you not want this?
6. STRETCH & BOBBITO DVD DOCUMENTARYStretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives DVD
During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun, as well as an unknown Jay Z, Eminem, and the Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their show exceed 300 million.
The late-night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the offbeat humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever.
7. DEEPER CRATES WOODEN RECORD BINSDeeper Crates from UK Offers Unique Storage Options
Odds are at some point the music junkie in your life is going to need an effective LP record storage solution. The options online are almost endless, but we’ve tracked down this quality and practical solution for your vinyl storage needs.
A great gift for someone looking to get organized with their LP collection. FSC-certified long grain birch plywood S/Bb, precision engineered A4 stainless slotted screws
8. MASTERSOUNDS TURNTABLE WEIGHTSThe number 1 turntable weight used by Dj's in the world!
Mastersounds turntable weights are carefully designed to reduce a turntable’s noise floor and thus improve the musical soundstage.
Users enjoy improved bass response, tighter mids and controlled highs as the turntable weight reduces unwanted resonance when placed via the spindle on top of a record. They feature an anti-slip base designed to grip the record, which is fantastic for DJ’ing as it really stabilizes records in the mix and eliminates needle skipping.
9. SHINY GROOVES VINYL CLEANING SOLUTIONClean Your Records With Shiny Grooves Vinyl Cleaner
Another sure shot for collectors old and young is a good record cleaning solution. At Spinny Grooves we experimented with different combinations and techniques before coming up with Shiny Grooves. Now the best vinyl cleaning liquid is made right here in Playa Del Carmen!
Our secret formula traps the dirt and dust bunnies that come off the record from deep within the grooves, and the reduced surface tension of the liquid makes for a quick dry and back to storage or spinning. Every bottle comes with a microfiber cloth for wiping and drying.
Most of you probably know that over the last month Mexico has been shaken with serious and damaging earthquakes. Thousands of people have been affected in areas like Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Morelos and MexicoCity. Here in Playa Del Carmen we are doing what we can by sending disaster relief in the form of non-perishable foods, rescue material, medication, clothing, blankets, children’s toys and school material. Over the next few months there will be THOUSANDS of people left homeless, without power and basic services, receiving little or no support from the government. These people will be trying to put their homes and their lives back together, and we will be hosting various fund-raiser events in the coming weeks to help them as much as we can. Our friends in CDMX from #BrigadaDeLuz are still currently supporting rescue and rebuilding efforts, so if you are not sure where to go to help in Mexico City do not hesitate to contact them here. Don’t forget that the difficult task of rebuilding is just beginning, and that there are still people waiting to be rescued from the rubble. FUERZA MEXICO!!
This weekend in Cancun the lovely people from Casa Nawala are celebrating their second anniversary by hosting Inked Weekend featuring artists, designers, bakers, coffee shops, tattoo artists, and a ton of other creative projects. The artistic workshops will be going on all weekend, and you can find us at our pop-up table where we will also be playing a few records on Sunday. Come enjoy a unique experience, meet like-minded people and get involved in this creative movement. RSVP here.
Following label owner Peter Croce’s phenomenal Revival, Rocksteady Disco announces their next release of 2017 from fellow Detrotian and FFC founder Blair French. Standing Still Is An Illusion is the newest dancefloor oriented production from French, enlisting Paul Randolph (Jazzanova / Mahogani Music), Ryan Gimpert (Will Sessions) and RSD label-mate Topher Horn. The title track on 006 is an extended excursion overlapping styles like jazz, house and tribal rhythms. Flip over to two cuts of Afro & Brazilian ritual vibes on the B-Side. Rocksteady Disco adding another treasure to their already distinguished catalogue with some solid uplifting dance music for the people.
Pagode Americano is an amazing danceable offering and it’s probably my favorite track on the record. It captures you from the start with a bare-bones Brazilian perc solo before more surdo drums, shakers and tambourines accompany the mix. Then come the Portuguese lyrics in an almost ritualistic chant – telling the story of hardened criminals, singing “The people who live here don’t play around”. A natural kick drum bounding in and out between vocal echoes is a subtle addition to the otherwise beatless original, converting this conventional Samba Brasileira into a secret weapon for the discerning DJ. Limited pressing on vinyl and housed in the beautiful new Rocksteady Disco jacket with words from the label. Get on it!
Remember to bring your IFE with your Quintana Roo address and receive 10% OFF your purchase in Spinny Grooves! We are also offering our Quantity Discounts throuoghout the Summer and you can check those out here. Have a cool week people. Much love from us here Playa Del Carmen…
The first in a new compilation series from Music For Dreams. This new endeavor focuses on “tropical” music made in and around Germany, most during the mid to late 1980s. We’re down to the last few available copies of these so don’t sleep people. 2 x LP
We’re always happy to receive the very first record from a label or a series, and we love it even more when they send us gifts with the package! We just got some goodies from our amigos up North. The very first vinyl release from TrueColors now in stock feat. tracks from NU, Bedouin, Zigan Aldi and Stavorz. Full artwork sleeve and each record comes with a handy TrueColors tote bag for your 12” records. Good on you guys for thinking about the environment! Limited copies. DEEP!
On April 22nd the worldwide independent record store event Record Store Day will hold it’s 10th anniversary, and we will be celebrating at Spinny Grooves with lot’s of great titles and surprises including in-store DJs and some delicious eats. Keep an eye on our social media and mailing list for more info, and make sure to check out the full list of #RSD2017 titles here. We will be stocking a range of both US and UK titles, but don’t hesitate to drop us a line with any special requests.
The brand newEditorial Recordsrelease featuringArt Of Tones,Barry Prophet,Matt Hughes,Special QandSelloutsis now in stock and hanging around in limited quantities. There’s something for everyone on here; from uptempo floor-fillers to slower sample heavy beats and grooves. Read the full blog review by our own disco afficionadoPrest here.