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Anthology One
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Cat: ACWL 001. Rel: 14 Dec 15
Deep House
  1. Necessary Sanctuary (7:56)
  2. Universe (6:34)
  3. Necessary Sanctuary (3 AM mix) (8:43)
  4. Transcend (6:26)
Review: The Vanguard Sound main man is back, look out! Amir Alexander presents us with Anthology One, landing on his other label concern, Anunnaki Cartel. On the A side we've got "Necessary Sanctuary" a sublime deep house cut with a sharp and bumpy arpeggio and emotive pads backing some positive and uplifting male vocals. "Universe" gets even deeper and darker; we really like this one. Rich soulful synth tapestries reminiscent of Larry Heard back some more epic vocals exploring existentialism. On the flip is "Necessary Sanctuary (3AM Mix)" which is a more stripped and straight ahead version than the version on the other side; a neat DJ tool. Finally "Transcend" gets all intergalactic on us with this spaced out, ethereal and downright uplifting journey through the cosmos.
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Love & Fear
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Love & Fear (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: AC 007. Rel: 22 Jun 15
Deep House
  1. Tight Situations (6:38)
  2. A Virtuous Woman (6:28)
  3. Moist Flesh (6:38)
  4. Nordisk Saga (feat Cecilia Bruun Hansen) (6:29)
  5. Love & Fear (5:17)
  6. A Child Is Born (4:25)
  7. Tranquility Base (3:14)
  8. The Blues (Never Had) (4:35)
  9. Komm, Suber, Tod Komm Selge Ruh (6:53)
Played by: Hakim Murphy, Anaxander
Review: Thus far, Anunnaki Cartel have only been releasing EP's, most of which have been collaborative efforts by Amir Alexander, Joey Anderson and Chris Mitchell, among others. This is their first LP and it's by Alexander himself, a man who is no mood to beat around the bush and gets his sound across right from the start of "Tight Situations". However, it's the album's slower and stranger pieces such as "A Virtuous Woman", "Love & Fear" or "A Child Is Born" which caught our attention! We'd never heard Alexander making more experimental pieces so it's refreshing to hear an artist so capable of making both hard-hitting floor music but also more docile and abstract sounds.
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The Ghost EP
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Cat: FS 020. Rel: 20 Jan 14
Deep House
  1. Pussy Power (6:35)
  2. The Borg (6:44)
  3. Hot Sex (6:55)
  4. The Ghost (6:30)
Review: An artist that never seems to stop, Amir Alexander is striding into 2014 with barrels of confidence as he makes a return to Finale Sessions having previously shared a slab with Hakim Murphy. "Pussy Power" is especially nasty, with its swing turned out to the max and a cheeky acid bass line rubbing up against a saucy vocal hook that just oozes sleazy dancefloor heat. "The Borg" is a more po-faced affair that works around jerking techno rhythms and hard-pressed electro synth lines, but for "Hot Sex" we're back in the same party-starting groove that the EP opened with. "The Ghost" takes that bump and runs with it, winding up in a more esoteric kind of house thumper that delivers on its own merit while neatly tying into the neighboring tracks.
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The Morpheus Project!
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Cat: VS 010. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. King Kong Godzilla Gorillas! (8:09)
  2. Physical Control Of The Mind! (5:58)
  3. Two Types Of People (Who's Gonna Sell Out)! (6:59)
  4. The Artificial Womb! (6:58)
Review: Vanguard Sound returns with a new joint from Amir Alexander in the shape of the dramatically titled 12", The Morpheus Project! According to the label, these four cuts from Alexander are "the culmination of over a decade of research into the hidden mysteries that dictate the workings of the power structure of the world we live in." In such a politically tumultuous age, such records are so very prescient. The research Vanguard Sound refer to is presented in lyrical form as Alexander references "situations and phenomenon hiding in plain sight" over some typically rugged, and admittedly rather fierce productions.
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The Butterfly
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Cat: ARGOT 017. Rel: 28 Mar 16
Deep House
  1. Butterfly (The Monarch) (7:22)
  2. Black Mass (7:33)
  3. Many False Prophets (5:33)
Review: Chicago's underground house hero and Vanguard Sound main man Amir Alexander appears next up on Windy City imprint Argot with The Butterfly EP, which is quite impressive we must say. A side track "Butterfly (The Monarch)" is one of those dark dancefloor drama tracks in the vein of legends like Carl Craig with its stern and cynical monologue backed by a brooding composition. Things get a bit fiercer on "Black Mass" though: this is dark and emotive techno soul done properly. On the flip it's also worth mentioning "Many False Prophets" equally as emotional and bittersweet where swirling and hypnotic pads distract you from an incredibly fierce 909 drum machine workout. Wicked stuff!
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The Infinity EP! (Record Store Day 2015)
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Cat: JJR 005. Rel: 18 May 15
Deep House
  1. Infinity! (7:30)
  2. Ulysses! (8:39)
Played by: Agnostic Rhythm
Review: It's another RSD 2015 house stepper coming out the woodwork, and it's by none other than Amir Alexander - everyone's favourite Malmo-based contemporary Chicago house don. This time he appears under his Ritchie Ratchet moniker with two acid-laced house cuts, stripped-back and militarised into a pair of club missiles. "Infinity!" and "Ulysses!" are similar in structure but different in tone, where the former is on a steady path to destruction while the latter bounces off the walls with an abrasive touch. Class!
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Vanguard Sound Vol 5
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  1. DJ Spider - "Democide" (6:15)
  2. Dakini9 - "Delphinus" (7:51)
  3. Amir Alexander - "Return Of The Zombie!" (8:15)
  4. Hakim Murphy - "Flash Mob" (7:15)
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Cat: AC 01. Rel: 11 Mar 13
Minimal/Tech House
  1. Chris Mitchell - "Illuminescent Invasion A2"
  2. Amir Alexander - "Ostinato"
  3. Joey Anderson - "Table Of Contents"
  4. Chris & Amir - "Dark Memories"
Review: Anunnaki Cartel is the newly launched sub label of Amir Alexander's Vanguard Sound operation and this first release sets the bar high; Alexander himself features alongside cuts from Joey Anderson and Chris Mitchell. The latter producer leads the way with "Illuminescent Invasion" a relentlessly rewarding concoction of fierce snares, deviant saw tooth synths and almost criminal abuse of the 303. Amir Alexander is growing into a personal favourite of the Juno review team and "Ostinato" demonstrates why in abundance. It's a direct and druggy assault on your sensibilities based around discordant square synths and a undeniably funk heavy groove. Things get even weirder on the flip as Joey Anderson drops the kind of off-kilter, off the grid house production where all the elements appear to be pulling in separate directions but somehow combine for a unique cohesive groove. Mitchell and Alexander join forces to close this excellent 12" with the cosmic techno of "Dark Memories" which has got the best snare sound since "Set It Off". Don't sleep!
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