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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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1 2 3 (Feels Right)
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Cat: ARGOT 013. Rel: 04 May 15
Deep House
  1. 1, 2, 3 (Feels Right) (8:01)
  2. Hide Tide (6:22)
  3. Spin Cycle (5:39)
  4. The Bog (6:57)
Review: The Supply crew's John Barera and Will Martin team up again but this time it's for Steve Mizek's Argot imprint, and the duo have duly supplied their familiarly dusty brand of house music. The title track "1 2 3 (Feels Right)" is sparse, raw as hell and synth-heavy, while "Hide Tide" is a little ore low-key and loose around the edges. Over on the B-side, "Spin Cycle" unleashes a bubbling low-end underneath a grainy, swinging kick-snare approach, whereas "The Bog" winds the tempo right down resulting in a wonderfully abstract vision of house and techno.
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Lady Of Sorrows EP
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Lady Of Sorrows EP (12") (1 per customer)
Cat: ARGOT 006. Rel: 01 Jul 13
Deep House
  1. A Jealous Heart Never Rests (8:06)
  2. We Can Never Be Apart (7:30)
Review: Emerging last year, Chicago based producer The Black Madonna has developed a wonderfully colorful and rich slant on her hometown sound across releases for Stripped & Chewed and Hometaping Is Killing Music. Aligning with local operation Argot makes sense given the label's own output since launching roughly a year ago and the Lady Of Sorrows EP is some of her best work thus far. As you'd expect from the title, there's a certain mournful tone to both the productions here, yet it's well measured as opposed to over bearing. On "A Jealous Heart Never Rests" for example, this sense of sadness manifests itself in the soaring strings that open proceedings, though it's her skilful 303 manipulation that grabs your attention. On the flip "We Can Never Be Apart" the orchestration is even more impressive, making for a rather epic introduction from which The Black Madonna shifts into a satisfying mid tempo stomp through glistening disco flecked house.
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Back Down
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Back Down (12")
Cat: ARGOT 010. Rel: 30 Jun 14
Deep House
  1. Back Down
  2. Species Of Comedy
Review: Steve Mizek's Chicago-based Argot label is usually a reliable source of formidable dancefloor fare from currently hot or fast-rising talents. Previously, the label has showcased work from The Black Madonna, Gunnar Haslam, Pittsburgh Track Authority and Amir Alexander. Here, Mizek has managed to coax some new original material out of Mister Saturday Night main man Eamon Harkin. There's an intoxicating, psychedelic intensity about the early '90s British techno influences on the moody, string-laden, acid-flecked "Species of Comedy". "Back Down", meanwhile, is a much more robust affair, with nagging hooks and twisted riffs riding a balls-out techno groove.
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Gaia Variants
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Gaia Variants (cassette)
Cat: ARGOTAPE 002. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Einn (3:54)
  2. Cats Sand Tomb (2:29)
  3. Field Hats (Reflection mix) (5:01)
  4. Interdimensional Traveler (4:50)
  5. Into The Gangway (7:10)
  6. The Science (3:41)
  7. Mnoma (6:05)
  8. Vibes Uuu (2:54)
  9. Hes Drifting (6:12)
  10. Wincowed Ceiling (4:47)
Lower Wacker
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Lower Wacker (cassette tape (no soundfiles available))
Cat: ARGOTAPE 001. Rel: 05 May 14
  1. Lower Wacker
  2. Lower Wacker (stereo mix)
Urban Off Road
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Cat: ARGOT 005. Rel: 29 Apr 13
  1. Go Home
  2. John Kronk
  3. Astronomical Twilight
Review: Rising out of the unknown, Detroit producer Elizabeth Merrick-Jefferson makes a worthy debut on the Argot label. Prior to this twelve inch, Merrick-Jefferson's only credited track was the unreleased "Bubo Blakistoni", used by Alex Israel in his LWE podcast, and the man Israel has taste so it's no wonder LWE editor Steve Mizek has sought out further productions from her for his Argot label. "Go Home" is a flurry jacking drums and gnarling synths that sound like Kraftwerk on overdrive, while "John Kronk" - cut from the same cloth as the aforementioned - is less hectic, with a melodious synth line and lighter percussive elements nipping softly in the background. "Astronomical Twilight" sees Merrick-Jefferson round out her debut EP with animated electro beats, subtle phasing effects and chiming Drexciya-like arpeggios that sound like they were played at high terrestrial altitude in a hypobaric chamber.
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Where Did You Go?
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Cat: ARGOT 009. Rel: 28 Apr 14
Deep House
  1. Where Did You Go?
  2. Through The Haze
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Finally (12")
Cat: ARGOT 002. Rel: 10 Sep 12
Deep House
  1. Finally
  2. Tomorrow's News
Thanks, Karl
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Cat: ARGOT 012. Rel: 16 Feb 15
Deep House
  1. Thanks Karl (5:25)
  2. Thanks Karl (Savile version) (6:31)
  3. Thanks Karl (Olin version) (7:14)
The Disconekt EP
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Cat: ARGOT 015. Rel: 15 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. We Are Connected (6:36)
  2. Moleskine (6:26)
  3. His Meaningful Breath (6:04)
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Bossa Grv
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Bossa Grv (12")
Cat: ARGOT 018. Rel: 23 May 16
Deep House
  1. Bossa Grv (5:31)
  2. Bossa Grv (drum track) (5:33)
  3. To The Bone (5:04)
Dubs From The DAT
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Cat: ARGOT 014. Rel: 06 Jul 15
  1. Drum Thoughts (6:38)
  2. Second Thoughts (5:26)
  3. First Thought (4:17)
Review: If you're unaware of T.B Arthur, you're not alone. To date, the mysterious producer has released a handful of 12" singles, mostly in ludicrously limited quantities, with little or no information. Here, he (or she) pops up on Argot for the first time, delivering a trio of cuts that swap intense acid and bustling techno for murky textures and tribal-influenced drum rhythms. A-side "Drum Thoughts" sets the tone, channelling some kind of dark, late night voodoo via intense, African-influenced drums, sparse melodies and dubwise textures. "Second Thoughts" is a more straightforward techno chugger - albeit with lashings of ghostly spookiness - while "First Thought" sits somewhere between classic dub house, murky tech-house and rolling techno.
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