The Ransom Note tracks on Soundclound

#the-ransom-note

Miss Red: The 'Monday Is Okay' Mix
The Ransom Note

Following collaborations with the likes of Gaika, Mumdance and Andy Stott, Israeli MC Miss Red released her debut album 'K.O.' last week. With production handled entirely by frequent collaborator The Bug, it's an intense, adrenaline-fuelled listen that lays out a blueprint for futuristic new dancehall. Born to Israeli Moroccan and Polish parents, Miss Red's early experiences of growing up in an immigrant family and their resulting persecution have informed the writing of the album, influenced heavily by her lifelong attraction to the reggae scene in Jamaica. “Nicodemus really influenced me", she explains, "but as a girl, it wasn’t my voice, and it was listening to those '80s dancehall gyals that I gravitated towards, because they were chatting as proud girls, and from a female perspective, so it was vocalists like Sister Nancy and Lady Ann that really made the biggest impression on me." We're very happy to welcome Miss Red on board for a 'Monday Is Okay' mix, which acts as a showcase for her love of vintage dub and dancehall.

Dancehall
507
Olive T: The Ransom Note Mix
The Ransom Note

Let's get weird on a Friday as we invite the wonderful Olive T from the mean streets of New York City to contribute to a special edition of the Ransom Note Mix series. A fine selector she has contributed with style to the likes of the Truants mix series and Discwoman. She has also established herself as a firm presence on the airwaves with appearances on the likes of Radar Radio, Brooklyn Radio and more. Her tastes are far reaching and her musical presentation can feature anything from house to hip hop, jazz to techno, funk, soul, disco and beyond. A true dj and an aspiration in the booth this one is worth strapping in for...

Electronic
1,082
Timothy Clerkin - Knife Edge Heart (Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
The Ransom Note

Fresh from starting his own label Insult To Injury, @timothyclerkin returns to Ransom Note Records with the 'Knife Edge Heart' EP. Stirring techno for dark basements and warm hearts. With his debut solo album out soon on Phantasy, @gabe-gurnsey of Factory Floor stops by for a lurching, seasick remix of ‘Knife Edge Heart’ that sounds like the onset of the robot apocalypse we’ve all been promised for so long. After cutting his teeth as one half of Eskimo Twins, Timothy Clerkin launched his solo career in 2014 under the now-retired Heretic moniker. He’s since released on labels including Throne of Blood, Hard Fist and Days of Being Wild. Timothy’s last release on R$N was the 'Serenade' EP, which brought us plenty of special moments last year - most memorably Andrew Weatherall closing out his Houghton quarry set with ‘Execute’. Here’s to many more this summer and beyond.

Techno
1,434
PREMIERE: D.Y.A & Kalyma - Operator [Solide]
The Ransom Note

There was a distant rumble from the factory in the distance as the machinery began to spring to life. The operator had flicked the switch and production had begun for the day. Soon the finest, most wonderful sweets and toys would be produced by the factory for party goers and lovers of the fun and free. They would be distributed all across the land in merry places where people danced and played freely with one another. It was the job of the operator to watch on with glee... D.Y.A & Kalyma are set to appear on a new EP due for release on Solide Music - this one is packed with wonderful balearic infused sounds perfect for the summer dancers and daylight movers.

Electronic
1,459
PREMIERE: Ted Jasper - Get It Together [Fade To Zaire]
The Ransom Note

There was a wild chorus which echoed through the square outside the parliament buildings - it was time for the people to get it together and take action against a regime which had broken and berated them for far too long. The sun was shining proudly in the sky as if God was watching down from the far away heavens up above. Each cheer became louder as more and more began to assemble and rejoice in the new found sense of expression the dawn of the day had brought. Now was the time... Fade To Zaire is a longstanding party institution in London - the collective throw great events and have now entered the world of label management as they prepare to unveil their first EP.

Electronic
1,412
PREMIERE: Body Beat Ritual - Body Politics [Bergerac]
The Ransom Note

There was a chamber full of men and women yet not one individual was able to make a formal, final decision. This was the body politics of a system which was broken and flawed on a number of rogue and mysterious levels. Society depended on the people who worked within that room yet they did little to help stabilise the trust of a broken nation - they simply watched on with careless disregard from green leather clad seating amidst the luxurious wood of a palace far, far away from the rest of us all. Body Beat Ritual is set to release a new acid infused EP on Bergerac - an imprint with a highly focused and driven agenda for 2018. This one is club ready and rugged,

Electronic
1,076
David Barbarossa: The Wednesday Alternative Mix
The Ransom Note

A couple of weekends back David Barbarossa opened proceedings for the likes of Chic, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Pointer Sisters and several others. It's safe to say that if you've been trusted with such a role then you must have a thing or two going for you behind the booth. The longstanding Glaswegian disc jockey is a bit of a legend in the North, a committed purveyor of the finest funk, soul, disco, house and beyond. If you were to ask a fair proportion of the city as to who was the best on home soil then we'd be prepared to bet that David would come up trumps. From humble, low key roots and late nights in dive bars through to the big stage and acclaim of Moodymann he is what some might call a dj's favourite dj. No pretension, no fuss - just great music.

Electronic
851
PREMIERE: Sene - Nocturne [Unknown Precept]
The Ransom Note

Paris-based sculptor/music maker @seneparis joins the @unknownprecept roster with his debut EP 'I Heard You Laughing'. Carbon copy music for tangled minds, leaving room for nothing but sedated feelings.

1,113
PREMIERE: Antoni Sierakowski - Kosmic Weirdo Phunk [Regime Brigade]
The Ransom Note

Hailing from Wrocław, Poland, new producer @sieraque is currently gearing up to release his third EP. Out 27th July via @regime-brigade (who put out his 'Rivulet' EP last year), 'Voicemail Inspired Themes' continues his strong track record, delivering some blistering house jams for yer USB sticks. We're very happy to be premiering 'Kosmic Weirdo Phunk', which is a textbook Ronseal case if ever I saw one. Built around infectious Afro-Cuban percussion, it's a funky foot-stomper with delicate acid lines and more than a hint of disco in the mix.

House
1,271
PREMIERE: Sonny - Kropssprog [Koldt Bord]
The Ransom Note

The jungle was crawling with strange and wonderful creatures, each was an entity of the present and existed within an ecosystem which would lead to the birth of new life. There was however, but one creature whom played no such part in the development of the environment - he cared little for the growth of others and his selfish attitude was all that stopped the wonderous green bush from living in delicate, perfect harmony. He was the Kropssprog and he had the power to entice and ensare all wild beasts with a devilish, hungry motion. Sonny is set to release a new four track EP titled "Plastic Worlds" on Koldt Bord. The release orientates around sun kissed house and integrates elements of balearic bewilderment.

Electronic
913
Emilie Levienaise - Farrouch: The 'Monday Is Okay' Mix
The Ransom Note

On a Monday we like to navigate our way through the remains of the weekend via the soundtrack of ambient, soundscapes, ethereal melodies and a softer tone. It is for this reason that we have decided to nominate Emilie Levienaise - Farrouch to contribute to the latest in our ever evolving musical mix series as she delivers an uneasy accompaniment to your Monday afternoon. The French, London based producer and composer is perhaps best known for her work on various film scores. However, she is soon set to release a new album on 130701, the post classical sub label of FatCat Records. She draws upon a wealth of musical knowledge and experience to guide us through a beautiful journey...

Electronic
3,003
PREMIERE: Paolo Di Nicolantonio - Close To Me [Craigie Knowes]
The Ransom Note

In the moonlight there was little to hold onto but one another beneath the glow of the faint white light up high above in the darkened sky. Close to me I watched the people come and go from the empty bar, they would walk through the illuminated door before observing the bleak and lonely scene with a sense of melancholy and sadness. The night outside was cold and harsh yet in here it was warm and welcoming. If only the rest of the world was simply able to see... This one is beautiful. No Really. Guaranteed summer bliss reminiscent of the Italian dream house era for the present. The guys from Craigie Knowes found Paolo on Youtube jamming out on some rare hardware and this is his first release. Wow.

Electronic
2,630
Sports Casual: The 'Shine A Light On' Mix
The Ransom Note

There is very little information about Sports Casual, that's the way we like it so we don't intrude too much. All we know is that this mix bangs, grooves and meanders it's way through the ethereal into new break territory. UK inspired with a love for Scouse House, the deep and mystic beyond. There's nothing like a good mysterious alias so we'll let them do the talking...

Electronic
962
PREMIERE: Morgan Blanc - Keep Moving [Lumière Noire]
The Ransom Note

The line weaved in and out amidst the wandering trees and the open green fields, keep moving they'd been told. One by one their hopes and fears were met with a humorous nod or shake of the head as they entered or left. It was somewhat ironic that a great palace of hedonism and culture was rule bound to the extent of a simple human action. Keep moving they said as the pace of the queue began to increase with an abrupt whirlwind of activity. Morgan Blanc is set to release a new EP on Chloe's prolific record label Lumière Noire. The EP marks an epic one year anniversary... A delicious offering...

Electronic
1,857
Hot Air Episode: #27 Elena Colombi Talks To Joe Europe
The Ransom Note

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Hot Air podcast for the Ransom Note. This time around we bring you a conversation with a DJ who definitely likes to write her own rulebook. Elena Colombi came to the UK from Italy back in 2007 and quickly immersed herself in the capital’s nightlife. Before long she was promoting regular parties and eventually ended up with a residency on NTS which is where you can hear her every month, keeping Monday’s weird. Her eclectic DJ style perfectly reflects her personality, staunchly independent and always seeking out new experiences. Ahead of her upcoming appearance at Field Maneuvers, I caught up with Elena on a hot June evening at her apartment in North London. Now, I’ve met a lot of people over the years in this business for interviews and I have to say that at times it can be a little bit awkward. But as soon as I walked through Elena’s front door she was just the most relaxed and welcoming person to talk to, and the conversation flowed right from the start. We covered quite a bit of territory, we traced her musical journey from her early days throwing parties in Milan, and also it was great to get her insights into the scene we have here from someone with a slightly different perspective. She was in the middle of packing up her flat to move out of London, and I started off by asking why was now was the time for her to be looking for new horizons.

Storytelling
639
PREMIERE: Galtier - Barren Sphere [Infinite Machine]
The Ransom Note

The next release on @infinite-machine comes courtesy of Australian producer @galtier, who last appeared on the label back in 2016 with the 'Myth Codes' EP. His deep love of bass brought him to Bristol, where he now makes stark, dystopian club music and runs the Nostro Hood System imprint. The concept for Galtier's new EP 'Terran' is centered around a lone human drifting through space, which parallels the unknown future of life and the endless possibilities that perpetually arise throughout it. The EP is presented as a sense of hope - encouragement to all that even though they often drift through their spiritual life alone, they are not alone on this journey.

2,193
PREMIERE: Priori - Waves (Gibraltar Mix)[Echovolt]
The Ransom Note

The rippling water was deep and dreamy as he watched from atop the cliff in the heat of the afternoon. Him and his fellow divers had gathered to watch the waves from up above before jumping into the depths of the murky blue unknown later that evening. The tide was too fierce at present and the roaring ocean crashed against the rocky abstract - soon it would be quiet and still. The heat was baking out upon the peak and in the distance they watched the ships come and go. Echovolot Records are not one to be placed in brackets - each release is as different and magical as ever but this latest EP from Priori has found a warm place in our hearts.

Electronic
1,657
PREMIERE: Hanna - In The Morning [Shall Not Fade]
The Ransom Note

The sun has risen softly over the course of the city - the shadows were banished away by the golden light and in the morning there was a sense of new life and prosperity. The parks between the towering buildings were full of life, the flowers blew softly upon the breeze and people began to walk back and forth between offices with a hurried need for purpose. This was Monday morning and the world was wide awake but he could not care less for their antics... Hanna is set to release a new EP on Shall Not Fade which comes accompanied with a hot remix by Early Jeffers. Dreamy summertime grooves with a Bjork sample?

Electronic
1,287
loading...