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K15 & SMBD
Earth State EP

North London artist Kieron Ifill - a.k.a. K15 - and British underground stalwart SMBD (or Simbad) hooked up at the latter’s studio for series of raw analogue collaborations over the last few years. This seven-track EP Earth State is the fascinating result, released via Steven Julien’s Apron imprint. 

My Girlfriend
Apron EP

My Girlfriend - try saying it like Borat says ‘my wife!’ - are a precocious house duo from Brazil. One of them, Ben Sallum, started work on the Apron EP when he was just 15 years old. This six-track set compiles some of the jams Sallum and his partner Pedro Zopelar have laid down in the past three years. Luxurious, velvety deep house that’s not dissimilar to the output of Apron boss Steven Julien (aka Funkineven). My Girlfriend!
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON36)
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Ratgrave
Ratgrave

Ratgrave is the new project from Julius Conrad and Max Graef. From squelchy electro-funk to smooth, chilled vibes via some more erratic beats, this album has everything you want for a good night in or out. It was recorded over a three year period in three different locations, although they are keen to point out that they were all on terra firma, and we can only assume that this informed the record’s final outcome. Ludwig L lends additional EFX to the album. LP on Apron.
  • Tape (AA03TAPE-GOLD)
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  • Tape (AA03TAPE-ORANGE)
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Steven Julien
8 Ball

Steven Julien has taken a break from his Funkineven moniker of late to release a few records under his given name. 8 Ball grows the lo-fi boogie style of April’s Bloodline mini-album. While ‘TEER’ is a luscious jam inspired by ‘80s electro and synth-funk, A-sides ‘BLK808’ and ‘POT808’ are both tough drum machine workouts that would sound at home on labels like Central Processing Unit and Super Rhythm Trax.
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON38)
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Steven Julien
Bloodline

Apron Records boss Steven Julien (you’ll probably know him as Funkineven) drops a ‘mini-LP’ in the wake of his 2016 record Fallen. The meaning of Bloodline’s title is manifold, referring to Julien’s family, his musical influences, and the passing of Roland TR-808 creator Ikutaro Kakehashi in April 2017. As such, the six tracks here are built from the legendary drum machine upwards and are topped with 80s jazz-funk keyboards (‘IDK’, ‘Bloodline’) and sticky 303 basslines (‘Roll Of The Dice’).

SSJJ and Devin Dare
APRON32

What could very well be the heaviest and most thudding sounding bass drum I've ever heard on an opening track, APRON32 is the release from SSJJ and Devin Dare on Apron. This two track split Vinyl 12" is a cracking addition to any 'sort-of' hip-hop record collection and is a genuinely decent attempt at the lo-fi vibe. 
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON32)
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Shanti Celeste & Funkineven
SSS

Shanti Celeste resides in Bristol but hails from Chile, giving her potential ties to some very weighty scenes indeed. After recent releases for Secretsundaze and Future Times, SSS lands on the Apron label. Celeste’s original shuffler is backed by a tantalisingly-titled ‘90’s Cut’ remix from Funkineven. A powerful 12”.

SMBD
Moon Theory

Three short new pieces from soulful producer SMBD, who here toys with spacey ambient and deep house styles with playful aplomb. Moon Theory is a single-sided 12” vinyl release, but SMBD squeezes in more than enough goodness to justify the pressing, especially with the attractively marbled design. On Apron.
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON29)
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Shamos
Games and Dreams

Experimental house artist, Shamos, is back with his second release that brings much of the same in terms of music experimentation but this time with a much more rounded and intimate feeling that starts to look outside the house genre, and begins to touch on techno and more solid beats. Games and Dreams is a four track record that is available on 12”.
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON28)
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Adam Feingold
Ascension

Canadian producer Adam Feingold aka Ex-Terrestrial (1080p, Temple, Pacific Rhythm) returns to Steven Julien's label for a second twelve, featuring two cuts of the rugged style house/techno that Funkineven seems to hoover up for his imprint. 'Ascension' is raw and emotive with a smattering of acid, while the blue 'Inner Zone' is melancholy and introspective. 
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON26)
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Brassfoot
Realms

Cheap and wonderfully nasty sounding DIY techno from Brassfoot. Realms, on vinyl 12”, is refreshingly agro and unpolished, mashing together house drums, lo-fi samples and abrasive textures. This free-form and abstract electronica, on the Apron label, reminds us of Actress at his most unhinged and fantastic. 
  • Vinyl 12" (APRON22)
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