Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CGI016

CGI016, the new 12" EP by Russell E.L. Butler, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI. To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on/after January 31, 2017. You can also buy an extremely limited tee shirt with the record if you act quickly.






Artwork by Stephanie Cheng

CGI Records is extremely proud to be presenting the new EP from Oakland-via-Bermuda based artist Russell E.L. Butler. I'm Dropping Out Of Life are 4 cuts of essentialist dance music that can provide an ecstatic escape from the drudges of professional life for all who so rightly seek it. As Russell himself elaborates, 

"The title has been on my mind a lot, since I almost lost my life in the Ghost Ship fire and watched as many of my friends lost their's. I came up with the title several months ago, in fact 2 of the tracks were shopped in a producer's group that Johnny (Nackt) and Chelsea (Cherushii) were a part of, both of whom I lost in the fire. This release is about a commitment to life. The life that I refer to dropping out of, is a life where dreams are put on hold, where concessions are made in order to just survive. But that comes at a cost, one that is far too great for me to pay at this point. I wrote this poem, it'll come as an insert with the record. 

When you see me you might see me different 
At first, as a presence 
That always has been 
But also 
An absence 
A potential for not being 
a collection of constants 
now wrought in marble 
Pine 
Mahogony 
The smell of grass 
Light, like ash 
Still 
My mouth still moves 
And my arms still extend to hold you 
My sour breath caressing your ears 
"It's ok, I'm still here" 
And my voice is not alone 
You hear all of them 
Our friends 
Our lovers 
We're here with you 
Always"
credits

Limited to 300 hand-stamped copies
Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann




Monday, December 19, 2016

CGI017

CGI017, the new 12" EP by Love Letters, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI. To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on December 15, 2016.







Artwork by Stephanie Cheng

One night we were listening to a mix that had been freshly assembled by Fit Of Body when a particular track caught my ear, and when I asked Ryan about it he referred me to Love Letters's soundcloud page. From there I began a conversation with the artist known as Love Letters and after listening to a handful of demos it became very clear that we needed to put some of this music on a record. As such we are proud to present to you the Suburban Attractive Complex EP. 

After a little back-and-forth we arrived at a tracklist that leads off with the playful strings and chopped-vocals from a late-top-40-princess expertly arranged over serious bass and endlessly inspired rhythmic arrangements of "Who Was Driving?" Next the tone turns inward as the melancholic bass of "F+" closes out the A-side with sweeping strings and horns over a rolling rhythm of analog kicks and cleverly designed drum hits. 

Kicking back into high-gear on the flip, "Sporty Presentation" bursts out of the speakers with a robust funk and playfully-aggressive, atheltic tone that is too infectious not to notice. Rounding out the release is the epic "Digital Favoritism," whose warped chords of triumph buoy incredible feats of rhythm and melody that builds into a frenzy of ecstatic motion. 

Limited to 300 hand-stamped copies
Mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann




Tuesday, September 13, 2016

CGI015

CGI015, the debut 12" by Fit Of Body (w Galcher Lustwerk & TWINS rmxs), is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI.  To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on Sept 24, 2016.









Having already issued a few cassettes via his own Harsh Riddims label as well as CGI's sister label DKA Records, Ryan Parks brings his Fit Of Body project to CGI for his debut 12" release. Here we are treated with two previously unreleased original cuts as well as Galcher Lustwerk and TWINS reworks of a pair of older tunes.

Fit Of Body's sound is unique among the current crop of bedroom dance producers in that it can ignite a dancefloor while still feeling deeply personal. This mood is enhanced by the way Parks colours his tracks with his own voice. His approach to adding live instrumentation to the arrangements lends a handmade delicacy otherwise lacking in so much hyper-quantized machine music. These are tracks that will feel at home in the DJ booth, your living room and your bedroom.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CGI014

CGI014, the Straightened Out 12" EP by Prostitutes, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI.  To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on May 09, 2016.


Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, James Donadio's Prostitutes project has been one of the American underground's most unique, prolific and consistent forces for the better part of a decade. Now he brings his raw deluxe sound to CGI with "Straightened Out", a new EP from beyond this world. 

The material presented here prove Donadio to be much more of an artist and performer than a 'producer'. The five tracks don't have the feel of an overly-labored studio production but rather embody the sound of someone fearlessly plugging in a few machines and wrestling with them until they generate a sound and energy far greater than the sum of the individual components. 

The trademark hypnotic minimalism employed on previous Prostitutes efforts is still apparent, however Donadio has evolved the trademark blockiness of past rhythmic excursions into a compellingly rigid machine funk. From the revolution 909 of "Just Black Medallions", the window shattering rave siren insanity of "Ridicule the Rule", to the slowed and spacious "Haunt Me And Taunt Me", the only thing more impressive than the range on show here is how all five tracks feel distinctly unified by the powerful sensibilities of their creator.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

CGI013

CGI013, the Illuminati Traqckx split 12" EP by Will Azada and Alex Falk, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI.  To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on March 14, 2016.



It is by now no secret that the sounds of the kick drums echoing off the hills of the Tennessee valley have been singlehandedly redefining what we know to be truly Proper for the better part of a decade now. However, the faces of those that make up this new world order have remained largely in the shadows. As such we are beyond excited to bring Tennessee's two most elite producers, Memphis's Will Azada and Knoxville's Alex Falk, back to CGI. 'The Illuminati Traqckx' EP is a split 12" powerful enough to knock the Earth so far off of it's axis that even Jeff Mills's mothership won't be able to swing it back on track.

The A side see's the first 2 new cuts from Will Azada (under his given name, at least) to hit wax since his untouchable Cliché EP for CGI in 2013. Two sides of the same coin, both "Flutterbutt" and "The Illuminati Traqckx" anchor a living, breathing, spacious rhythm scape around a deep thudding kick, expertly crafted percussion workouts, and airy chord stabs to create an otherworldly and immersive environment in which to lose your mind and find your body. Consider these cuts a master class in maintaining momentum.

Flipping over to the AA side, Alex Falk tones down the atmospherics but not the intensity with two cuts of classic Falk-style techno bombs. "MR1" kicks it off with a massive kick drum anchoring a polyrhythmic monosynth and dancing white noise to create a driving cut that is as beautifully simple as it is gripping. For "Blazeit," the EP's final cut, Falk keeps the rolling monosynth/kick drum dynamic that made "MR1" so irresistible but this time colors it with hi-hats and what sounds like a sample of someone who took too deep of an inhale, expertly arranged so the intensity never stops building. No handclaps required.

 

Monday, February 8, 2016

CGI012

CGI012, the Never Know Yourself 12" EP by TWINS, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI.  To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on October 23rd, 2015.




Hot on the broken heels of Nothing Left, his smash debut LP for Chicago's CLEAR records, CGI boss and Atlanta's own TWINS graces his own imprint with Never Know Yourself, a three-track EP that treats listeners to a different side of the producer's output.
A-side cut "Tassel (Now You Know)" is pure emotivational dancefloor catharsis: behold a distorted 909 chugging away under a funky FM bassline and thick pads of melancholic ghost organs while a soaring lead and a haunted croaking mantra take it all the way to tear-jerking dance floor rapture.

Flip it over to the B-side and immediately have that sorrow cleansed by the brutal assault of "Suggestion”, a heavy and distorted techno bomb that's all shifting rhythmic cycles and out-of-control synth chirps, sounding like something ripped from a Frankie Bones mix circa 1992.

Closing things out is a sleazy slab of subconsciously mid-dreamstate insta-composed Chicago house ripped right out of the back of TWINS’ head, and it’s appropriately titled "Feeling (From Beyond)." A juicy and rotund bassline of the most evil kind holds steady as matrix-defying bongo-and-kick patterns rise and fall while whispered provocations tie it all together in a banger suited only for the stickiest of dance floors.



CGI011

CGI011, the Seedy Approach 12" EP by Golden Donna, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI.  To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on September 18th, 2015.




After proudly rocking two of his next-level cuts for one of our earliest split releases, CGI is thrilled to welcome Golden Donna back for a full four-track EP, Seedy Approach. The tracks chosen for this release open up listeners and dancers to a deeper and more diverse side of the producer otherwise known as Joel Shanahan.

The A-side cuts are all grit and muscle, opening with "Smirk," a dark, heavy, and heady industrial techno bomb that is as abstract and raw as it is sophisticated and seductive. Up next is all evil chords and thick bass stomp, as "Strap" throws cracking snares and pitched vocal stabs into a mercilessly reverberant void as brutal catharsis unfolds over an unforgettable eight minutes.

Switching things up for the B-side, Mr. Donna treats us to a more melodic, reflective palette. "Secrets" is at once cavernous and verdant, quickly evolving and filling the echoscape with lush, dreamy chords and a whispery texture that is both inviting and comforting, all the while in mutant symbiosis with a percolating and undulating percussion. Closing it out is the title track, the most jovial sounding of the lot, with frantic 808s and airy, shimmering chords giving way to a stunning lead that transports you exactly where you want to go.

    

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CGI010

CGI010, the Psychopaths Eating Jelly 12" EP by L/F/D/M, is now available for direct order (vinyl/digital) from CGI.  To place an order visit our webstore - it will be in shops internationally on May 28th, 2015.





Laid down with authority by L/F/D/M are four no nonsense cuts blasting fresh air into that perennially en vogue phenomenon known as acid house. After stunning EPs for Glasgow’s prestigious Optimo Trax and Clandestine Traxx, an equally crushing full-length for Kompakt's Ecstatic imprint, and two brain melting EPs for Diagonal with ex-Factory Floor's Dominic Butler as Bronze Teeth, it is an honor to have his sounds grace CGI with a release that sees him playing right for the heart of the dance floor. Opener "Spare Ribs, No Napkin" is meaty and greasy with abandon, as rude and distorted as it is irresistibly syncopated. "Cutting Fingers" contrasts with a slow burn with a deep kick anchoring shifting rhythms and unsettlingly hypnotic riffs. Flip this treasure over and get pummeled by the rolling stomp of "Heavy Clouds” with its massive 808s and just-off-the-nose acid cycles. Closing things out is the bright paranoid jack of "Hippos In Slumber" with its muted chords adding freaky color to steady and heady 707/303 workout that charms and overpowers with an electric stink that lingers long after the needle has reached the lead-out groove.

Mastered and Cut by Dietrich Schoenemann at Complete
Edition of 300
 

CGI009

CGI009, the Inner Monologue 12" EP by Black Suede, is now SOLD OUT for direct order from CGI. It is still available in select shops and digitally in our webstore.




After two stunning 12" EPs for Kai Alcé's NDATL Muziq imprint and London-based The Love Below, Atlanta's rising wunderkind Stefan Ringer dons new alias Black Suede for his debut release with CGI. Switching it up from the bouncier, jazzier style that characterizes Ringer's work under his given name, Black Suede strips down the soul to a darker, harder groove, weaving dancefloor narratives that confront our innermost desires and fears. From the heavily swung stomp and vocal chops of "Connect Like 2 Ways" and the skittering arpeggios and percolations of "Stimulus (Dead)," to the dystopian booty-house masterpiece that is "7713GH" and the droning and cavernous dirge of "Purgatory," it is clear this is the work of an immensely talented artist who will continue to defy categorization and keep us wondering what the future will bring.

All tracks by Stefan Ringer
Mastered and Cut by Dietrich Schoenemann at Complete
Edition of 300 copies