Moonstarr – The Archive

Toronto’s Moonstarr is back with a collection of rare and unreleased music. “The Archive” collects some tracks that were previously out on vinyl only, such as the classic Detriot on Sonar Kollektiv, a contribution to Groovement’s Transcendances compilation, or his own Greed Remix from 2002’s The Dupont Remixes on Compost Records. The second half is made of previously unreleased tracks, ranging from deep techno to broken beats and some drum&bass.

01. Take It Back
02. Detriot
03. Don’t Sweat It
04. Greed Remix
05. Nasdaq
06. Mars
07. The Recipe
08. Running
09. Scarborough RT

You can get the digital-only release directly from Public Transit, iTunes, Juno Download or maybe the merchant of your choice.

Let me also mention Beyondjazz’s all new podcast, which puts the Spotlight on Moonstarr – and nothing but Moonstarr!

Update Oh, and I should also mention the cover was designed by Nik Brovkin

Moonstarr – Instrumentals Forever

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The second album from Moonstarr is finally available in the rest of the world, following the Japanese release earlier this summer.

First of all, Instrumentals Forever is not what the title suggests – an instrumental album. If you love(d) Dupont, chances are good you will like the follow-up just as much. Yes, a lot of the tracks sound like from the predecessor, the fact that this comes from Moonstarr album cannot be denied, even those (funny!) interludes are back. Call it trademark sound but when you listen more closely you will find new elements in each of the tracks, most notably the vocals. I prefer calling it Dupont 2.0, it might not be a suprise soundwise, but it’s still a great album to listen to – from start to end. Have it on repeat and you won’t even notice, it runs like a perfect loop.01. Broken Bossa
02. Interlude 1
03. Clappy
04. Break It Down
05. Tigerfunk (feat. LAL & Guests)
06. Interlude 2
07. Get Outside
08. String Theory
09. Interlude 3
10. Who’s Bitin’ Who?
11. Fucked Up (feat. Fineprint & Sarah)
12. Interlude 4
13. Crazy Jazz
14. Interlude 5
15. Climax
16. Planets Collide (feat. Lotus Jai Nitai)
17. Love Call
Looks like the album is only available as download (spotted on Juno Download and iTunes), a vinyl LP was promised to follow. If you still prefer CDs, there seems no other choice but importing the Japanese release on P-Vine.

Next Stop by Various Artists

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Canada’s Public Transit celebrates its 10th anniversary with Next Stop, a compilation available as a free download. The label’s roster is well-represented with founder Moonstarr, LAL, Voice, Think Twice, Arch_Typ, Murr and InsideAmind. Other artists include Karma & Lotus, Incubator, Grahmzilla and Aadm, but the label website does not indicate if these are signings.01. Voice – Fantasy Pt1 (Think Twice Rmx)
02. Karma & Lotus – The Notice + Lost Beat Revised
03. Think Twice – Stars
04. LAL – Erase Me
05. Tony Ezzy – Give A Damm
06. Moonstarr – Broken Bossa
07. Arch_typ – 3333
08. LAL – Saturn (Alister Johnson Rmx)
09. LAL – Dancing the Same (Abacus Remix)
10. Murr – Addiction
11. Incubator – Dakar Pockey
12. Grahmzilla – Bionic
13. Moonstarr – Into the Out (feat. Sarah Linhares)
14. iNSiDEaMiND – The Tiniest Spy
15. Aadm – Piercing

Next Stop by Various Artists

Public Transit Recordings is one of those record labels that has quietly carved a pocket for all that music we’ll be listening to in 10 years time. Its “Future Now” philosophy permeates its ethos, whether guided by electronic soul tapping into a wider state of consciousness or gritty hip hop that actually says something while you move that ass. Its dubbed-out socialelectroconcious poetics with politics. In its storied 10-year history, surviving the ups and downs of the music biz and holding steady on what moves its core, PTR has remained committed to supporting and releasing innovative music that makes a statement. The idea behind the name of the label still holds true a decade since it’s inception; A wide variety of people getting together for a moment in time, coming from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different life experiences all traveling together to one common destination. PTR artists take a ride on the idea that we must continue to explore the possibilities that music can say something while it makes you move, that you can think a bit about the world around you and be open to change while you nod your head on some sick swing.

Consider this compilation. Soul music is the thread and the songs are it’s children who push the conventional into different tangents and headspaces. They all travel towards timeless music that makes sense now, and will make more sense in the future. Listen to the realness, the rawness. It is pure heart and soul poured in by real people scrambling for rent money, hustling to get their artistic ideas out to the wider world, working through sleepless nights to make deadlines, getting down on a dancefloor to shake the blues away. This isn’t a trend, this is life. This is Next Stop.

Well, so much for that – you better hurry to the download now. One question though: do new tracks from Moonstarr mean, there’ll be his second album soon?

via The Incubator