Berlin * München
Vinyl & Digital
Kim & Butschek
Berlin * München
Vinyl & Digital
Kim & Butschek
Toy Tonics going Afro House. The Mushroom House compilation series part brings 4 unreleased tracks. Including two of the most relevant names of the growing scene: Auntie Flo from UK and mysterious producer Hyenah. Hyenah is a favourite of the scene’s main man Black Coffee and DJs like Dixon and the Innervisions circle are heavy fans. Also on this EP a new track by Toy Tonics very own Zhut & Kapote. Kids from Berlin with a good buzz right now. Inside their track Afro Rico an Senegalese child choir meets some Zappaesque Marimbas going crazy… And as a bonus track you find Munk‘s Nigerian Jam: A Nigerian Funk band rolling over an heavy disco beat. Very deep, but very effective.
TOY TONICS from Berlin is delivering their next collection of current seasons’ label hits.
Ten tracks that got great feedback on dance floors, hit the top of sales charts or had heavy support by DJ’s:
First tune is by COEO. The guys heavy a good buzz and made it a few times on the top of the big house sales charts. You can find their tracks in playlist of all kind of House DJs: from Detroit Swindle and Oliver $ to Horse Meat Disco and DJ Harvey. Also Session Victim‘s remix for Kapote‘s “Fuck Music” is a good definition which direction the Toy Tonics label is taking with the last releases: bass driven, heavy rolling, funk house that some times recalls the Kenny Dope Hip Hip inspired House or the late 90ies. Or Detroit stuff on Red Planet. Sometimes there is a dirty, technoid energy – but never in your face, always with a big dose of raw soul. Black Loops, Rhode & Brown and Mona Lazette all reflect that vibe. Moody atmospheres in different shades.
Toy Tonics has a little crew of main artists. Apart of their releases other friends do one of EPs: Pezzner did such a single. On TT he is funkier than you might know him. Alixander III from Azari & III did a hypnotic Techno song – all produced on great old synths, with his friends on the mic… Sacha Robotti & Zombie Disco Squad also did a great EP that was a reason many people got for the first time their eye on the label. This compilation also includes remixes by label’s friends: Art of Tones, Hodini, Kian T, Legowelt.
Jockey Jams: The Toy Tonics label started this irregular series of Various Artist EPs.
First issue includes a space electronica jam by Moritz Butschek who is working at Toy Tonics office and is starting to put out own great tracks now.
Then you get a high energetic funk house track by Pixel82 & Justamine vs Jad & The Ladyboy. A heavy hypnotic vocal line from a young kid from Portugal reworked by Australian surfer and Toy Tonics resident Jad & The Ladyboy. The vocals will get your dancefloor hotter then the sun in Australian desert.
Also on the EP you find a old school funk jam by New York kid Doug Gomez. This one recalls the funky tracks by people like Ashley Beedle or even Masters At Work when they were doing their NuYorican Soul stuff back in the mid 90ies. It’s full on New York. It’s dirty. It’s hypnotic as hell. And fits well with Black Loops bonus track that once again is based on a Rhodes Piano riff that creates that certain jazz vibe that Toy Tonics is know for these days.
Toy Tonics delivers a surprising new record. A guest appearance from Australian DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lancelot.
The kid is on the roll: Most recently Lancelot’s „Mover“ EP on Waze & Odyssey’s ‘W&O Street Tracks’ got the nod from acts like Bicep („impressive and addictive track“), Paul Woolford („Reminds me of Mood II Swing at their dubby best“) and Mr G. He was invited to play at Boiler Room London and toured across the UK, Europe, United States and Asia.
His new EP for Toy Tonics is a bit different – a three track collection of dense, eccentric house music. Title track „7AM In The Afternoon“ is a journey paying homage to the witching hour. „Again & Again“ plays tug of war with bassline semitones while „Lorikeets“ flutters with warm stereo delayed synths.
Alongside his Toy Tonics release, this summer Lancelot will also be sharing new material and remixes on Freerange, Ninja Tune’s ‘Counter’ imprint and ‘W&O Street Tracks’.
Here comes a new BLACK LOOPS EP including remixes by munich based COEO and Neovinyl’s CARLO. They go smooth this time. Rhodes pianos, some jazzy chords, a rolling beat.
The two guys know how to make a swinging loop. And they got style. No wonder as one is a funk drummer – Riccardo – who lives in Berlin and the other – Gabriele – makes his money as a photographer living in Milan. Every two months they meet in Riccardo’s studio space in Berlin Kreuzberg and jam for a few nights and days. Doing new tracks, mixtapes, loops. Djing in local bars and clubs.
This MUSHROOM HOUSE EP is the first release in a series of EP’s that will feature tracks from the new wave of weirdo house that is influenced by ethno, afro, psychedelic music. On this first 4 track EP you get new music from ALIEN ALIEN aka Italian producers Rodion & Hugo Sanchez with an Detroit techno kind of track with mushroomey space voices that drive a dancefloor crazy. (Alien Alien previously released on Turbo, Nein, Slow Motion, Gomma). Then Australian surfer kids and house producers JAD & THE LADYBOY doing a afro heavy old school MPC house jam. (Jad released also records on Exploited and Toy Tonics). Gomma boss MUNK is featured with the high in demand Rebolledo Version of SURF SMURF and as a bonus track you get the legendary DJ KOZE remix of WHOMADEWHO’s Keep me in my plane. Releases some years ago, three times repressed and sold out. Sounding now fresher then ever.
The MUSHROOM HOUSE series features mostly new tracks, produced exclusively for TOY TONICS.
RELEASED 09 MAY 2016
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ZHUT & KAPOTE are part of that new wave of Berlin producer kids that are doing dirty, funk-based house music. Max Graef, Session Victim, Hodini… There is a growing scene of producers that do dance music that is far away from that 90ies techno revival sound that has become kind of a Berlin tourist cliche. These new kids love old jazz vinyl, MPC-productions and old synths. They want a warm, nasty sound that has it’s roots in soul music – not in Ableton Live standard Deep House sound setups.
Kapote already released an EP and some edits on Toy Tonics, while Zhut is part of tech-funk group Black Loops. The boys combine old, rare samples from the 1970ies with their own way of playing live drum machines and their fucked up synthesizers. It’s jazzy, funky house music. Reminding certain records from the french wave like La Funk Mob or Versatile and the music of American maestros like Paul Johnson or Detroit’s Red Planet.
RELEASED 18 APR 2016
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Some of the recent Toy Tonics releases in one mixtape! Mixed by labelhoncho Kapote. Including the brilliant remixes by our friends from Session Victim, Legowelt, James Curd and mastermind Hodini from Berlin’s Oye Records crew. You can hear new stuff by the kids from the growing Munich scene of soul-house: Former Gomma records employees Rhode & Brown and our label superstars COEO. The COEO kids have been no.1 on Traxsource and Juno for several weeks with “Back in the days”. Also worth to mention are the guest releases by Pezzner, Alixander III from Azari & III and Sacha Robotti & Zombie Disco Squad with their more vintage techno sound. Made on old machines, creating a vibe that has that certain crisp aesthetics that we love so much at Toy Tonics. Of course also Kapote himself is featured on the mix with his MPC house sample tracks.
1. COEO – Back In The Days
2. Rhode & Brown – Whistleblower (Hodini Rework).
3. Kapote – Fuck Music (Session Victim Remix)
4. COEO – +++
5. Jacky Mingo & Kapote – Noche
6. Rhode & Brown – Tunnel Woman
7. Chez Moon – Don’t Need You Anymore
8. Sacha Robotti & ZDS – Shaky
9. Alixander III & Marsupials – Broken Promises
10. Uabos – Emergency Call (Legowelt Remix)
11. Chez Moon – Don’t Need You Anymore (James Curd Remix)
12. Shaw Man – Lips (Kapote Edit)
13. Pezzner – Autosave My Love (Radio Edit)
Toy Tonics come up with a new EP by German freaky wunderkind KAPOTE. Two tracks that combine orchestral sounds, choirs, balinese xylophones with a straight, but never aggressive house beat. Coming with two remixes by British Techno legend MARK E
You might think about Metro Area’s classic album from 2001 when you hear this, as well as the more accessible side of 1990ies Warp records. Still: there is no real retro sound here. Kapote’s music is quite futuristic. It’s always has kind of a swing feel, uses chords and melodies that come from the big universe of jazz harmonics and are much more complex that what you are used from usual dance records. Kapote is special. He is the funky kid. Get ready for more Kapote in 2016 on Toy Tonics.
RELEASED 14 MAR 2016
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The latest Toy Tonics release comes straight from London with a remix by Germany’s finest TUFF CITY KIDS.
Metropolitan Soul Museum or MSM are Nick & Filippo. The pair have been running together Nick’s Teng Records for the past 3 years – the label was set up to release Nick’s Akra project music as well as other artists. Heads will remember this great imprint. Always crossing borders. Never being boring. Nick was also part of Mock & Toof, a duo that had quite a buzz when they were releasing freaky house music just few years ago.
MSM have had a good start already: they self-released their “Ruff Trk 4″ a few months ago – including a remix by ROUND, the guy from Talabot’s Hivern Discs. The interesting thing about MSM is also their live act: Playing with 707, Vintage keys, Machine and various effects – a similar set up for their studio production brought on the dance floor. There will be a lot more to come from MSM. This is just the beginning.
RELEASED 22 Feb 2016
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