The Last Trip To Gandahar - Echoes of Paradise EP [BLR001]
Ashley Stevenson (FKA Arthur Jnr) debuted his new project, The Last Trip To Gandahar, with a groover by the name of “R136” on City Fly Records’ (which he co-runs with his pals Jonna, J’Shez and Darran P) In House EP earlier this year. The move sees the Leicester, UK-based producer taking a cool, MPC-laced dip into the realm of disco and soul-sampling house music.
His upcoming debut EP, Echoes of Paradise, is set to drop on Better Listen Records in November 2016. The four track release is chock-full of jazz funk and disco soul aesthetics and serves as a sweet taster for what’s to come from the producer. Expect nothing less than disco paradise when taking a trip to Gandahar.
Juno (UK): goo.gl/Jwd1bx
RedEye (UK): goo.gl/cdKVnY
deejay (DE): goo.gl/XUJt2C
Piccadilly (UK): goo.gl/nshNni
Phonica (UK): goo.gl/5vVs1Y
decks (DE): goo.gl/fuswLD
ColdCutsHotWax (UK): goo.gl/0t3jhd
Crosstalk (USA): goo.gl/HR9erq
Downtown304 (USA): goo.gl/CFiq3S
HHV (DE): goo.gl/WNybia
Ponty Mython - House for Sale EP (BLR002)
For his latest release, Dirt Crew and Quintessentials favorite Ponty Mython has linked up with Washington, DC-based imprint Better Listen to bring you a five track package of globally inspired groovers. The House for Sale EP maintains the sample-based production aesthetic of Better Listen’s debut record, and draws heavily from rare African funk and disco sources. The Vilnius-based producer’s trademark eclecticism is injected throughout the record, with the A-side leaning more towards wonky, left-field house cuts and the flip hosting more disco-like arrangements.
Available January 20th, 2017
ColdCuts // HotWax: goo.gl/u9NQ6I
Cody Currie - Beer Machine EP
Newcomer Cody Currie looks to Better Listen Records to host his sophomore EP after lighting things up with his debut on Pusic late in 2016. The effort is stacked with deep disco stylings similar to that of sample + synth maestros Brame & Hamo and Fouk. It’s an exquisitely layered effort from the London kid, one which will please the intellect and dancefloor demand equally.
Available March 10th, 2017
ColdCuts // HotWax: goo.gl/OS1VeQ
Dorsi Plantar - Everlast EP [BLR004]
After a smooth debut on Kyoku Records, Copenhagen-based Dorsi Plantar joins team Better Listen for a four track EP of bright, heady grooves. The A-side leans more on the afro-latin and jazzy side of things, while the flip dives deep into disco. Fans of BLR’s previous outings will not be disappointed.
Ethyène - Playin' With Fire EP [BLR005]
Lyon-based beatsmith Ethyène has patented a certain style of mid-tempo house music; applying a french touch aesthetic to disco, r&b and hip-hop sample references. Through releases on longtime underground favorite Kolour LTD and upstart labels like Kyoku, as well as contributions to his own Moonrise Hill Material, the Frenchman has quickly built a sought after discography. His collaboration with Better Listen comes at an interesting time, as he seems to really be refining his sound; maturing sonically and honing the synthesis of the aforementioned influences to something nicely unique.
The Playin With Fire EP is a deliciously bittersweet four track affair. The A1 slot sees E joining forces with his homie, the much acclaimed Folamour, for the superlative “Why My Love”. Meanwhile, “Loneliness of the Shadow Dancer” continues the r&b cream vibes, combining a classic head-nodding hip-hop flip with a soul chorus. The B-side gets a bit moodier, with the title track climatically building on hypnotically deep riffs and vocals and “I Sold Yayo to Buy Kicks” serving as the Bob James-esque closer. The package is a cohesive reflection of a pensive and slightly anguished mindstate, with boom bap cultural influences and his familiar Philadelphia streets functioning as the canvas.
Don’t be surprised if this record serves as a point of stylistic elevation for the young producer, with plenty more of this new ammunition in the chamber. And you know the saying: if you play with fire, you might turn into a scorching hot phoenix.
Ari Bald - Moonshiner EP [BLR006]
After making his debut as part of duo Klubbhuset on Let’s Play House, Artur Brandstrom initiates his solo run under the alias “Ari Bald”. The Moonshiner EP is a disco house record in full, with heavy sampling beefed up by club-ready drums laced with 909s.
thatmanmonkz - Feels Trip To The District EP [BLR007]
Info coming soon
Closed Paradise - Secrets EP [BLRBLK001]
The always-deep Closed Paradise serves up the first release for Better Listen Black Label, which will look to show off the moodier, house side of the DC imprint. The Secrets EP is four tracks of deep tackle, pulling from lush r&b soundscapes and vibes from far away places alike.
Juno - goo.gl/LbdDMp
RedEye - goo.gl/zYwZCd
deejay.de - goo.gl/bpS11j
Piccadilly - goo.gl/nvxDo7
Discogs - goo.gl/X9R4fq
Decks - goo.gl/ndTQyq
Phonica - goo.gl/G2SL1u
Chevals - Tokyo 2 Paris EP [BLR009]
The mysterious Parisian Chevals joins Better Listen for their eighth outing, after making his debut on NYC’s Homage with a global affair. His effort on BLR is conceptual; taking the scalpel strictly to Japanese disco soul material and adding that sweet bump like only the French can.
Juno - goo.gl/VK3VQC
RedEye - goo.gl/W5UXYy
Piccadilly - goo.gl/fiqPgD
deejay - goo.gl/n8JDVG
Freestyle (JP) - goo.gl/iL9U3t
Oye - goo.gl/pf9zHF
PB Vinyl - goo.gl/V4XRnj
Discogs - goo.gl/FG4aic
Joe Corti - From London With Love EP [BLR009]
Better Listen is back to cradle snatching for their first release of 2018, debuting young Londoner Joe Corti’s first vinyl release. It’s a four-tracker loaded with dusty samples warped cleverly for max dancefloor action; the A holding percussive party jams and the B offering the lush deep disco sounds the label has become known for.
Sune - Butter Love EP [BLR010]
Malmö’s own Sune fills in for Better Listen’s tenth release, continuing a run of sweet Scandinavian finds for the label. The Butter Love EP is a true reflection of the Crime City man’s sound; jovial, dusty disco and soul samples adorned by heady drum machine programming.
Juno - goo.gl/3TJUaw
RedEye - goo.gl/xodfku
deejay - goo.gl/BJEdYu
PBVinyl - goo.gl/biHqP7
Decks - goo.gl/gDpKXy
Phonica - goo.gl/W6k9hD
Piccadilly - goo.gl/VUPKx4
Downtown304 - goo.gl/UFhyNw
Discogs - goo.gl/mkLb4i
First Class EP [BLRVA001]
BLR’s First Class EP joins some French favorites in Folamour and Ethyène together with Scandinavian homeboys Ari Bald and Dorsi Plantar. The label’s first V/A release is a celebration of it’s lush disco house sound. Folamour’s “Oneness” serves as a grand, dusty lead track, while “Watchin’ U” bumps down the BPMs for a proper midtempo hustler. On the flip, “First Class” provides some glistening postdisco vibes for a surefire summer jam, and “Boogie Sunrise” closes out the affair with a paradisiacal yet beefy disco looper.
Saint Paul - Naturist Behavior EP [BLR011]
Lyon beatsmith Saint Paul made an impressive full debut in 2017 with his Introspection EP on Moonrise Hill Material (which he co-runs with his boys Folamour, Ethyène and Kaffe Crème). After tasty contributions to V/As on the likes of Apparel Wax and FHUO, the Frenchman is back with another solo record on DC’s Better Listen Records.
The Naturist Behavior EP is a tastefully balanced, warm-weather oriented four tracker. The title track and the A2, “A Hawaiian Trip”, explore playful and jazzy territories. Meanwhile, the flip hosts moodier ventures via the bittersweet boogie of “Tell Me” and the ice cold late night jam, “Feels Good”.
Juno (UK) - goo.gl/BsTwZG
RedEye (UK) - goo.gl/gGko1T
Phonica (UK) - goo.gl/22Zu7C
Decks (GER) - goo.gl/2Q2dpn
Deejay (GER) - goo.gl/MRd41v
Oye (GER) - goo.gl/2gzLzo
PBVinyl (USA) - goo.gl/yMX9Tn
Downtown304 (USA) - goo.gl/vzusk6
Dorsi Plantar - Tack Farsan EP [BLR012]
Making his return to the label after last year’s springtime favorite, Everlast, is Dorsi Plantar. Better Listen’s twelfth entry in the main run marks their first repeat of an artist, and the Copenhagen man does not disappoint.
Tack Farsan is a balanced sample-driven EP intended to milk the last of summer’s flavors for the dancefloor’s enjoyment. The top side hosts sunny disco affairs in the release’s title track, and a polished collab with label mate Sune. The logo side, on the other hand, explodes into deeper, latin ventures.