• Label to watch: January February 







Kalahari Oyster Cult






Hot off the heels of the announcement of Oyster Ballads, a downtempo focused series that looks to placate the label’s usual dance energy with meditations in all things ambient, we’ll be spotlighting the eponymous Amsterdam-based label Kalahari Oyster Cult this month.

The label is run by Belgian DJ Colin Volvert a.k.a Rey Colino who operates across the electronic music landscape in the form of DJing, distribution, radio and of course running jewel of the sea KOC. The label has a real knack for capturing the sound of joy-filled dancefloors, hazy figures and grins apparent through the mist. Sonically, the spectrum hits an intersection of ambient-leaning techno, bumpin’ house trax and acid-infused psychedelia, in the form of original productions, re-releases and edits that make up their growing catalogue.

Key early releases in the label’s history include the highly psychedelic re-issue of rave classic ‘Indians & Aliens’ and ‘Great Spirit’ by DJ Trance & Darwin Chamber, both of which pack thumping tribal riddims that evoke serious 90s doof rave nostalgia. Hot off the tails of the DJ Trance/Darwin Chamber release, the label kept the pace with another mind-bending re-release from Brain Pilot, ‘Cerebral Navigators: Anthology 1993-1997’, a masterclass in early IDM electronics.


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Later releases cemented the label’s relevancy further with the likes of Reptant, the aussie-based acid-electro auteur who packs in plenty of signature 303, bleeps and hi-NRG dance for ‘Phasic Reflex’, which also includes a hazy dubbed-out edit from neighbour Roza Terenzi. Another re-release from the label, by director and organist Raymond Castoldi, ‘X-Ray Records 1992-1994’ verges into a slightly more restrained direction, although still firmly planted with its feet in the middle of the floor. Jazzy, atmospheric and good wholesome fun, the release is stacked with vintage deep house cuts that can be filed under ‘essentials’ by any fans of 90s deep electronics.




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Last year’s penultimate EP and another label highlight is from Amsterdam-based Eversines, titled ‘Plooi’. This one throttles directly into fifth gear with the title track layering crystalline plinks and melodies washed in reverb and delay, a morphing filter-LFO bassline and a thumpin’ 808 backbone. Amsterdam favourite Oceanic provides a proggy acid-laced remix to the title track, followed by ‘Efbol’, a thumping 4x4 Toms workout tempered with glitched out aquatics. ‘Missing’ closes out the record nicely with some heavily verbed-out junglism & house.


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If the mob of dancefloor hits wasn’t enough, Kalahari Oyster Cult have also recently released a new vinyl focused distribution service, ‘One Eye Witness’ that looks to connect labels and artists and offer a platform for both vinyl production and distribution.




https://one-eye-witness.com/




Make sure to keep an eye out for another shipment of down-under artillery in the form of a seminal re-release from Helium this February and of course wrap your ears around the inaugural edition of Oyster Ballads courtesy of Lawrence Le Doux.





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By: Jamie Shearer - @Jshearer92