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Slow to Speak, the duo behind New York record store Dope Jams, have taken over FACT’s house and techno column.

For almost a decade now, Francis Englehardt and Paul Nickerson have run dance music’s most iconoclastic record store, and are as enthusiastic and enlightening with their recommendations as they are ruthless with their takedowns – just ask any of the high-profile DJs who’ve found themselves in their line of fire.

Every month, Slow to Speak round up the best new 12″s around – or at least, that’s the plan. In case you haven’t noticed, these dudes march to the beat of their own drum – so stuff from other years and genres invariably features alongside newer club-ready material.

If you’re by any chance drifting through Brooklyn this weekend, make sure you stop by the Dope Jams Spring Bash which will be taking place on Friday March 27 at Good Room. You can snag tickets right here.

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force
‘Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)’ (ft. Mbene Diatta Seck)

Mark Ernestus continues to move forward at his own pace while most others around him are still trying to copy what he did in the past. The best producers can move from genre to genre because they have an understanding of how good music feels; they are confident in what they do and just add their flavor to a project without stealing its soul. Here he does just that once again.

Welcome Stranger
‘Bad Leather (STD)’

Who can do it like Thomas Bullock? No fucking one! Hearing him DJ is an experience that can’t be put into words. He makes you move to records you never thought you would move to and his productions are no different. While most are fumbling around with distortion pedals hooked up to drum machines and talking about how artistic what they do is, he is actually producing incredibly individual records. He takes the time and gives the energy to create something totally new every time, so if I was you I would jump on “Primordial Sex Jazz” train and enjoy the ride.

Soul Divide
‘Catch The Light (Man Without A Clue Remix)’

So it is, the clones have figured out how to recreate the classic house sound and I’m so desperate for something new that I actually like these records occasionally. I guess I have officially become the old guy that is still listening to MFSB ‘Love Is The Message’ in his SUV outside the record store wishing it was something new.

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Rising Sun Systems
‘Freebasin’ For David Bohm’

This month Legowelt dives into the ambient realm once again, this time under new moniker Rising Sun Systems. This is without a doubt my favorite track from the Oberheim Space LP. The keys on this track are fucking ridiculous; I don’t know what else to say. Every time I hear the first eight bars I melt like the three feet of snow out my window in the spring sun. This track is perfect for long, mind-numbing rides or just getting ridiculously stoned. Unfortunately it’s only available for download directly from his Bandcamp site – someone needs to press this on vinyl soon.

Lake Haze x IVVVO

Distorted joint release by Lake Haze and IVVVO on Creme that’s plucking heart strings and melting faces.

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Azealia Banks
‘Heavy Metal & Reflective’

Why can’t dance music producers make a track with a tenth of the balls as this? It’s a bold funky dancefloor destroyer that will get you cackling like a demented hen; Azealia is making Missy Elliot proud.


Ismael Miranda
‘Me Voy Ahora (Joaquin’s Boriqua Version)’

Classic Joe Claussell remix making you hark back to the glory days of Body & Soul at Club Vinyl. It’s not out yet, but is supposedly being released in the very near future.

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‘A Message’

Mesmerizing vocal straight out of LA. This YouTube comment sums it up: “This is the kinda music that you smoke a blunt while getting your pussy eaten to.”

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‘Palm Trees In The Rain’

Warped brain-buster from his new four-track EP on Unknown To The Unknown.

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