Find them at basement nights and warehouse one-offs reaching from New York to Montreal and overseas Berlin, a collective of connoisseuring clubbers. The recent flood of clichéd counterfeits has left much of today's dance music better left unheard, but it’s the rumours stuck in our head that tug at our ego and give us the need to shine light. A compulsive urge to spread from one ear to the next, to draw a line between bottle service cogs and the cutting edge of electronic music, music built to live in. There’s no room for Vegas roller coasters or casual chit chat, just Night Rumours worth spreading.
This week's Night Rumours is tailor-made for the after hours — dark, deep sounds for motion and reflection. Vril's aggressive remix of Nick Sinna's "Black Rose" has been in my rotation for a while now, since its debut via Boiler Room, and saw an actual release around Halloween, when techno favorite Ø [Phase] also dropped his second album, Alone in Time?. Levon Vincent and Anthony Parasole's label, Deconstruct, makes a triumphant return with a fresh 12" release from Parasole himself. Blue Hour's Remixed 01 release, on his self-titled label, brings fire from Answer Code Request, Marcelus, and Steffi — after a difficult decision, Marcelus's 'Swirl' mix of "Reference 97" is featured here. Function's remix of Scuba's "Why You Feel So Low", packaged with another remix by Radio Slave, subdues the original track's intense buildup while picking up the urgency throughout.
Nick Sinna – "Black Rose" (Vril Remix)
Black Rose EP, Prime Numbers [PN30], October 30, 2015 [Buy via Beatport]
Anthony Parasole – "Wild Life"
Wild Life, Deconstruct [DEC005], November 27, 2015 [Buy via Halcyon]
Blue Hour – "Reference 97" (Marcelus 'Swirl' Mix)
Remixed 01, Blue Hour [BLUEHOURMX001], November 16, 2015 [Buy via Beatport]
Answer Code Request – "Calm Down"
MDR 18, Marcel Dettmann Records [MDR018], October 30, 2015 [Buy via Beatport]
Scuba – "Why You Feel So Low" (Function Remix)
All I Think About Is Death / Why You Feel So Low, Hotflush Recordings [CST006D], November 13, 2015 [Buy via Beatport]
Martyn – "Ahmadiya"
Falling for You, Ostgut Ton [OTON093], October 15, 2015 [Buy via Beatport]
Daniel Avery – "Sensation"
Sensation / Clear, Phantasy Sound [P50], November 27, 2015 [Pre-order via Phantasy]
Ø [Phase] – "Blind Eye"
Alone in Time?, Token [TOKEN57D], October 30, 2015 [Buy via Beatport]
A Light in the Dark:
Producer Brian Allen Simon, a.k.a. Anenon, says that Camembert, his first release on Friends of Friends, is "all about letting go and exerting little to no control over each sound, letting each layer do what it needed to do" [via Self-Titled]. "Prune" is the only track on the experimental EP that brings in 4-4 percussion, rendering this track as DJ-friendly as it is beautiful.
Anenon – "Prune"
Camembert EP, Friends of Friends, October 30, 2015 [Buy via Bandcamp]
Matrixxman's FACT mix is some of the most unrelenting techno I've heard in a while, particularly for an artist who's been breaking through across genres and scenes. I've been actively trying to avoid using violent language to describe club music, but this one made it hard. An excellent mix across curation, structure, and cohesion.